Training for Urban Ag- Gardening/Farming and Horses
March 4, 2013 10:12 AM Subscribe
So I am really interested in the Food Justice movement and urban gardening. Ideally, I would like to be involved with helping people grow their own food in the city. I have NO experience. I am pursuing a Masters in Public Health and I think that this would dovetail nicely with my research interests. Would it be a good idea for me to get formal training in gardening?
posted by TRUELOTUS to home & garden (10 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I see that Tufts offers a dual degree in Agriculture, Food & Environment and Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning . I'm not sure if the Urban Planning degree is something that would be helpful. I'm not super interested in that subject- I am more excited about the Urban Ag/Food issues. NYU's MA program in Food Studies- Food Systems, also looks really interesting. But, I really would like to get hands-on farmer and gardening training. I have seen Growing Power, put their program is very expensive, also Windy City Harvest looks great- they offer a certificate program which appeals to me- but it is a 40 hr a week program, so I will not be able to pursue that training while working and in school. Maybe after?? I was going to do a 7 month program with a community garden project but it got canceled. So what are your thoughts? In regards to formal training- is that is a good idea ? and where to study and any other ideas. Another question, loosely related is stable management.
I REALLY want to get around horses again, but taking lessons can be expensive, and I am living in chicago right now. When I was in North Carolina, I took a class at the community college on stable management. This was perefect, it was super cheap and I got to be around horses- brushing, riding, mucking stalls etc. I have not been able to easily find something like that in Chicago. Any ideas about where I should look for a similar program//opportunity like the one I mentioned?