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Spring 2020 SUA Educational & Training Opportunities

The School for Urban Agriculture (SUA), a program offering specialized training in urban agriculture practices, and nonprofit management and community leadership around urban farming, is offering an 8-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 on campus Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30pm, January 21-March 10. Details and registration information here.

If you are interested in urban agricultural production, management or leadership, Farming in the City can help you get started down this path. 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.

In addition, SUA is offering two workshop courses through the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS). These courses are for people who want to get started in farming. They are taught by experienced growers and UW-Madison faculty, who together paint a realistic picture of what it takes to run a successful farm business operation.

The Wisconsin Cut Flower Growers School is a two-day workshop designed to help new and beginning growers learn the ins and outs of producing and marketing cut flowers. This workshop is scheduled on February 15-16, 2020. Details and registration here.

The Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers is an intensive, three-day course demonstrating what it takes to set up and run a successful orchard business. This workshop is scheduled on March 6-8, 2020. Details and registration here.

SUA is a collaborative effort of CIAS and FISC at UW-Madison, the Center for Resilient Cities and Community GroundWorks. For more information, contact Martin Bailkey, SUA Project Director.

(photo credit: Patricia Espedial for Community GroundWorks, 2019)