Urban Farming Practicum

From The Ground Up: An Urban Farming Practicum

May 2014Are you ready to step up from hobby gardening to serious urban food production? Want to know how to turn your yard into your own urban micro-farm? Whether your interest is growing for market or for big time self-provisioning, this course will get you the knowledge, the strategy, and the hands-on experience to succeed.


You will get in at the ground level of turning a degraded site at Sycamore Commons that is currently used as a parking lot into a lush and productive Permaculture-based demonstration market garden. The course will include both theoretical and hands-on training in site analysis, soil building, water management, and plant health, as well as crop rotation and harvest planning, workflow, and getting your crop to market. Your training will be augmented by one-on-one mentorship for you and your specific site to help you create an action plan to get your urban farm growing strong!

About the Instructor:
rinErin Innes is a Permaculture designer and teacher and a successful market gardener, with ten years of experience in organic farming in both city and country throughout the Cascadia region. She started and managed Vancouver’s very first bike-powered urban CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) project before coming to Powell River to co-found Sycamore Commons and Permaculture Powell River with colleague Ron Berezan.

Course Details:
Bi-weekly meetings at Sycamore Commons from June through September (total of 6 sessions) with additional practicum hours, both supervised and unsupervised, to be completed by each student. On-site mentorship offered for each student’s personal site; site design and management plan to be completed by each student with instructor support. Total course hours approximately 50.

Course Fee: $350 per person. Scholarships available, please inquire.

Limited to 6 participants. For information on how to apply, contact: rin(at)passionatepermaculture(dot)ca

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