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Windy City Harvest Short Courses

10-Week Courses

The Windy City Harvest short courses in Sustainable Urban Agriculture offer a variety of industry-specific certificates. These certificates have been designed for individuals who already have a firm foundation in sustainable urban growing techniques and are looking to expand their knowledge in specific areas. Each course combines hands-on training with classroom education and will be offered as either an evening or weekend course. Industry-specific certificate courses are open to the public, not just Windy City Harvest alumni. For more information please contact Kris De la Torre at kdelatorre@chicagobotanic.org.

We currently offer the following certificate courses:

Edible LandscapingEdible Landscaping
March 10 – May 19, 2018
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon
This course is intended for aspiring urban agriculture entrepreneurs and individuals who are interested in learning best practice edible landscaping techniques. The course has been designed for individuals who already have a firm foundation in sustainable urban growing techniques. This course will combine classroom and hands-on work to prepare students to effectively utilize edible landscaping in their existing urban agricultural projects and for potential expansion opportunities. This course is a technical training course. It will involve farm work activities in all weather conditions. Students are expected to be prepared to work indoors and outdoors throughout the duration of the course.

Business and EntrepreneurshipBusiness and Entrepreneurship for Local Foods (Local Foods Business)
September 10 – November 14, 2018
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m.
This course is intended for aspiring urban-agriculture entrepreneurs who are launching or planning to launch a local foods business. The course has been designed for those practicing sustainable urban agriculturalists who want to produce vegetable crops and agricultural products for sale in commercial markets. Course content has been developed in partnership with an M.B.A. team from DePaul University.