Urban Farming is not just a Passion; it's a Profession!
Embrace food with S.O.U.L... Commit today to growing and eating Seasonal. Organic. Un-refined. Local food… Southwest Institute of Healing Arts provides two exciting Certificates of Excellence in Urban Farming that you can enroll in Today!
100 Classroom Hours
5.00 Credit Hours
Urban Farming and Conscious Living helps students learn how to transform their personal or community green spaces into productive gardens for personal use or community sale. Students will learn to contribute to their local food economy through increasing the amount of food available to people living in cities, and allowing fresh vegetables and fruits to be made available to urban consumers.
Households and small communities can take advantage of vacant land and contribute not only to their household food needs, but also the needs of their resident city. This certificate requires students to participate in a local externship through which they will practice what they have learned while building a small garden of their own.
More and more people in the growing urban areas love this productive hobby and healthy way of living. Here, not only are you able to use your energy wisely, but you are opening a whole new gateway to better health, for yourself and your family. The basic requirements necessary for productive growth are sun, containers, soil, plants and water. With these items, plus time and knowledge, you will be an city farmer in no time at all.
HH500 Sustainability and Conscious Living
UF 100 Urban Farming - Field-to-Fork
UF 120 Urban Farming - Seed-to-Sale
URBAN AGRICULTURE STATS & FACTS
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Urban and peri-urban farms already supply food to about 700 million city dwellers -- one-quarter of the world's urban population -- and nearly all of the world's population growth between now and 2030 will be concentrated in urban areas in developing countries, so that by then almost 60% of people in developing countries will live in cities. With this rapid growth in our cities, farming in and around urban areas needs to play a bigger role in feeding city populations.
- Involves using small plots such as vacant lots, gardens or roof tops in the city for growing crops.
- Can take many forms, from small "microfarms" to larger operations.
- Can also involve animal husbandry, aquaculture, agroforestry and horticulture.
- Is generally practiced for income-earning or food-producing activities, contributing to food security and food safety.
- Provides an outlet for better health and nutrition, increased income, employment, food security within the household, and community social life.
- Shows that planting increased numbers of gardens in a city environment improves air quality close to pollution sources.
- Gardens act as refuge for wildlife such as soil organisms, wild plants, insects, birds and amphibians thus increasing the biodiversity within the city environment.
- Can help in climate regulation through the absorption of greenhouse gases.
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Need tuition assistance?
Since SWIHA is a nationally accredited college approved by the US Department of Education, students enrolled in programs of 600 hours or more may qualify for Federal Student Aid in the form of Pell grants and student loans. In addition, we offer a 10% cash concession on tuition for programs paid in full at the time of enrollment.