Becoming an urban farmer may be a little easier than you may have thought, thanks a program at Victory Garden Initiative.
In it's Food Leader certificate program, staff at VGI teaches the basics of gardening and composting. The yearlong program also focuses on community organizing and leadership, giving graduates the tools to create tangible change in their local food communities.
As part of the program, the class goes on two farming retreats, allowing students to refine their skills and learn from other experts.
Participants then spend the year conceptualizing and implementing a final project, putting all the skills they've learned into practice.
Tuition for the class is $699 and $499 for students. Scholarships are available for those who can demonstrate a financial need.
The deadline to register is October 1, and the next class begins October 11.
Click the podcast player above to hear from a representative of VGI.
WEB EXTRA: Click the Soundcloud player below to hear from "Farmer Tony," founder or Farmer Tony’s Mission Greens and an alum of the Food Leader Certificate Program.