All in person workshops around the state have been postponed until the further notice. Please look for our virtual workshops and webinars starting in April.  

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To help meet the growing demand for academically trained urban agriculture professionals, Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture is offering its fourth Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate Program this spring. Designed for anyone charged with starting or managing an urban farm or who wants to increase their marketability to do so, the course provides a curriculum rich in the science-based knowledge needed to successfully and safely grow produce in an urban environment. Courses include: sustainable soil management, plant propagation and nursery management, permaculture, plant disease and pest management, greenhouse production (hydroponics and aquaponics), animal husbandry (backyard chickens and rabbits), urban farming business planning and management, and many more. All courses will be taught by Virginia State University (VSU), and Virginia Tech professors and other invited guests

The 12-week (17 modules) course begins March 6 and ends May 22, 2021. Classes will be conducted on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. via Zoom and will include lectures and hands-on activities. Each student must also complete by the end of October, 80 hours of internship work at one or more approved urban farms in order to successfully graduate from the program with full certification.

For a fee of $250, the course will include Zoom sessions, kits for hands-on activities, and educational materials.

All participants are required to attend all Zoom sessions including the March 6, 2021 orientation from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. that will be conducted.

Saajida Chohan at schohan@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5252