Pop-Up-Farm takes a local perspective on a global challenge:

how to live sustainable lives by bringing sustainability education into schools and the wider community, making the global into the local.

It combines thinking and action around patterns of sustainable knowledge - the basic elements of water, waste, energy, food, growing, buildings, health and wellbeing we use to demonstrate different ways people can change their lives to the mutual benefit of communities and the planet.

Pop-Up-Farm is driven from the grass-roots up and connects people, ideas and challenges to make their own pattern for sustainable living.

Our farms pop up in unexpected places, initiated by the schools, groups and the wider community, always practical and solution driven.

They demonstrate that many of the challenges we face are inter-connected, and once we begin to think about and understand the connections we can create new solutions.

New Permaculture-certified Urban Farm School

New Permaculture-certified Urban Farm School
Based in one of the country’s’ hotbeds of local food culture, the Urban Farm School launches its first year at the Ashevillage Institute and Sanctuary in Asheville, North Carolina.

The Urban Farm School is a comprehensive, 30-week program for students to learn the in’s and out’s of how to be a successful urban farmer. Students will work with a team of instructors to run a neighborhood CSA + gain a 72-hour Permaculture certification + work with 25 practitioners and sites around the city of Asheville + 25 rural farmers + 50 community food leaders, including owners of businesses, directors of nonprofits, and city and county officials related to urban food and farming. The curriculum will include a full range of topics, from design and budgeting, to soil fertility, harvesting and preservation, to aquaponics and animal husbandry, to herbal medicine and forest gardens, and more. The school’s main ‘campus’ is at the Ashevillage Institute, a one-acre living learning laboratory in downtown Asheville. Several field trips, activities and workshops will be hosted at other sites around Asheville each week.

The Urban Farm School will run April 1 – October 30, 2013; Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, between 9am – 5pm + four independent learning hours. In its first year, the school will accept 12 students. Applications are being accepted now on a first come, first served basis.

Students will also attend a one-week learning immersion hosted by Ashevillage Institute For more information on the Immersion courses, visit: Bee City USA, Local Food Culture, or Natural Building. A database of potential employers, community mentors and educational resources will be shared with each student. Multimedia storytelling and documentation will be included in each week’s activities so that students gain skills in how to tell their stories on what they are doing, and why it’s important to them, their communities, and in today’s world.

The goal of the Urban Farm School is to train people who can help establish neighborhood CSA’s, green schoolyards, community gardens, farm-to-restaurant projects, and overall urban food security. Students will learn how to 1) maximize yields in minimal space, 2) diversify farm production, 3) connect the dots between farming and potential partners, clients, community collaborators, and stakeholders, 4) demonstrate what is possible in one backyard, and 5) further the meaning of food security in our cities. This food-centric school brings together enthusiastic farm- and food-growing students with the practitioners, the projects, the networks, the skills, and the visions to effectively farm in the city.

For further information go to the site here http://www.ashevillage.org


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