The Agroecology of Urban Farming
According to a USDA 2013 report "around 15 percent of the world's food is now grown in urban areas."
This intensive short course will be taught by:
Miguel A. Altieri, professor of Agroecology, UC Berkeley
Rene Zazueta, urban farmer, Berkeley
Eric Holt-Giménez, executive director at Food First
And other invited instructors.
The course is open to students, professionals and technicians of institutions and community members engaged in urban agriculture and local food security.
The course will explore ways in which urban agriculture can enhance food security, biodiversity, energy conservation, job creation, community health and well being. This course explores in detail the agroecological basis (crop diversification, organic soil management, ecologically based pest management, water use efficiency, etc.) of a series of horticultural production systems, adapted to city environments. The course is interactive and hands-on, integrating theory, practice and service learning. Participants will be exposed to classes on how to design and manage biodiverse and resilient food gardens, complemented by videos, field trips, practical sessions and the construction of gardens in nearby communities.
Cost: $200 with partial scholarships available to people of demonstrated need and commitment to community work. There will be just 40 participants so register early if you really want to take this short course. Registration closes May 20, 2013.
To register contact urbanag10 [at] gmail [dot] com
Please write urban ag course in the subject line.
This course is being offered by CENSA's international agroecology program and Food First in collaboration with the Laboratory of Agroecology at UC Berkeley.