North Carolina’s Ashevillage Institute and Sanctuary is preparing to launch a 30-week Urban Farm School program on April 1.  The Urban Farm School will teach 12 students the ins and outs of successful urban farming and applications are now being accepted.

Students will attend classes from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from April 1, 2013 until October 30, 2013.  

“The goal of the Urban Farm School is to train people who can help establish neighborhood CSA’s, green schoolyards, community gardens, farm-to-restaurant projects, and overall urban food security. Students will learn how to 1) maximize yields in minimal space, 2) diversify farm production, 3) connect the dots between farming and potential partners, clients, community collaborators, and stakeholders, 4) demonstrate what is possible in one backyard, and 5) further the meaning of food security in our cities. This food-centric school brings together enthusiastic farm- and food-growing students with the practitioners, the projects, the networks, the skills, and the visions to effectively farm in the city.“  Source: Ashevillage Institute

In addition to the 30-week program, students will participate in a weeklong learning immersion program.

The Ashevillage Institute, a nonprofit organization in Asheville, North Carolina, focuses on sustainability through community outreach and education programs.  In addition to the upcoming Urban Farm School, the institute also offers an Urban Natural Building School, Bee City USA Immersions, site tours and an eco-retreat in Downtown Asheville.

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