Growing Urban Farmers

Growing Urban Farmers

Dreaming of becoming an urban farmer? We offer a 12-week, 480-hour program as an introduction to urban farming, which is open to anyone over 18 years old. Scheduled to accommodate students who are interested in farming as a career to help them gain a full understanding of what is entailed and learn basic agricultural skills. Forty hours per week is spent in a combination of formal instruction and field study sessions, learning the basics of an urban food growing operation. Participants will acquire the knowledge they need to scale their home garden to provide more food for their family along with basic skills and awareness of horticultural proficiencies and resources required to pursue urban farming as a viable career option.  Graduates of Growing Urban Farmers may go on to secure specialty certifications in one more of the many in-depth classes offered at Hope Farms ranging from poultry and egg production to fruit tree management to building a business plan.  A schedule of advanced certification classes and fees is published each year and available only to alumni of Growing Urban Farmers.

Classes for registered Growing Urban Farmer students begin quarterly on the first of January, April, July and October.  Applications considered on a first-come basis. Fee $2,400. A limited number of scholarships of up to 40% are available based on demonstrated need.  Full scholarships are available for Military Veterans who apply and are accepted. Learn more about the Warriors to Farmers program here.

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