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School for Urban Ag offers course for undergrads, short course and community

Photo credit: Patricia Espedal for Community GroundWorks, 2019.

Urban farms not only produce fresh, nutritious food for city-dwelling consumers, they also provide social benefits such as job skills training, food security, environmental remediation and neighborhood revitalization. The School for Urban Agriculture, a program offering specialized training in urban agriculture practices, and nonprofit management and community leadership around urban farming, is offering an eight-week course this winter.

Farming in the City is offered through both UW–Madison’s Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC 075-3) and the Soil Science Department (Soils 375). It is open to community members as well as UW and Short Course students. Participants will learn production and business practices of urban and peri-urban farming: land access, resource management, annual and perennial cropping systems, animal agriculture and business management, with an emphasis on food justice and social equity. It is taught by Marcia Caton Campbell of the Center for Resilient Cities.

This course meets Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30pm, January 21-March 10. Details and registration information are at http://www.cias.wisc.edu/sua/.

The School for Urban Agriculture is a collaborative effort of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and Farm and Industry Short Course at UW–Madison, the Center for Resilient Cities and Community GroundWorks. For more information, contact Martin Bailkey, bailkey@sbcglobal.net.