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Windy City Harvest Short Courses

Saturday Intensives

Windy City Harvest workshops are perfect for the small scale urban farmer or gardener. Whether it is your backyard, community garden plot, porch, rooftop or school garden, these workshops will help you get the most production out of your small space, using sustainable techniques. Classes are open to the general public, they include a full day of hands-on experience and lecture time with an hour-long lunch break. Workshops have a maximum registration of 15 students. Please provide your own lunch. Contact Kris De la Torre with additional questions at kdelatorre@chicagobotanic.org.

We currently offer the following certificate courses:

Crop PlanningCrop Planning
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cabin fever is setting in. It’s time to grab your seed catalogs and start planning for a productive year of vegetable production. This workshop covers the basics of: site analysis, vegetable garden plan components, space saving techniques and spacing, cool and warm season crops, crop and variety selection, three season and succession planning. There will be crop plan examples and a template for you to start your own crop plan. Bring a drawing of your farm site with dimensions.

Season ExtensionSeason Extension
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
This is a technical training course intended for aspiring urban agriculture entrepreneurs and individuals who are interested in learning best practice season extension techniques. It will combine classroom and hands-on work to prepare students to effectively utilize season extension in their existing urban agricultural projects. It will involve farm work activities in all weather conditions. Students are expected to work indoors and outdoors.

Small Farm DreamsSmall Farm Dreams
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Explore sustainable farming careers, take part in self-assessments, and be better prepared to decide whether to pursue farming. This session is co-hosted by our friends in farming to provide a broad perspective on the many resources, opportunities and challenges of farming and food businesses.

Value Added FoodsValue Added Foods
Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
These courses are intended for aspiring food entrepreneurs and/or urban farmers who are hoping to create or expand their farm/local food business by providing seasonal, local food products all year long. We aim to cultivate an understanding of the basic techniques, food safety regulations and business basics of producing a value added, local foods product. Each class will provide an overview of value added foods with hands on time in the kitchen preparing and/or tasting different value added products.

Edible Landscapes and ContainersEdible Landscapes and Containers
Saturday, June 2, 2018, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
This is a short and sweet version of our 10-week certificate course that combines classroom and hands-on work for individuals who are interested in learning best practice edible landscaping techniques. We prepare students to effectively utilize edible landscaping in their existing urban agricultural projects and gardens. It will involve farm work activities in all weather conditions.

Rooftop FarmingRooftop Farming
Saturday, September 8, 2018, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This course is for those interested in green roofs and/or edible plantings for a rooftop garden. We combine classroom and hands-on work to prepare students to effectively utilize rooftop gardening in their existing urban agricultural projects and for potential expansion opportunities. It will involve farm work activities in all weather conditions. Students are expected to be prepared to work indoors and outdoors.