Learning how to create a prosperous urban farm requires a lot of preparation and thought - certainly not only access to land and decent seeds. We are thus extremely pleased that Curtis Stone, The Urban Farmer author, has created this wonderful online course.
Some of you have probably seen + learnt from Curtis when in February, we brought him to Oz for the Masterclasses of Urban Farming with Jean-Martin Fortier - some of you have read his Urban Farmer book, which is in the same spirit as this workshop - down to earth.
[We would like at this time to inform you that Curtis requested us to collaborate with him to give our community this course, so if you decide to enrol with the discount code MILKWOOD, you receive a fantastic course with a discount and we get a little commission that will help us continue to do what we do].
Profitable urban farming is an expanded, interactive version of Curtis' book (or workshop for one day), but it offers a lot of specific knowledge and resources, encouraging and promoting a pace of learning that follows along with your farming plot and a vibrant worldwide student community that both during the course and afterwards becomes your farming community.
First, if the above folks or urban farming are not known to you, here's a video tour of Green City Acres, the major agricultural site in Curtis.
For a time, we have seen Curtis's new course on profitability in urban farming take form, and the emotions of students, the overall community atmosphere and real results from the business plans, crops and pleased local food consumers.
This all speaks to a well-designed and effective online training course – which we all know is no small achievement.
Online learning is wonderful in terms of accessibility, pace and everywhere in every moment – but you still sit on the computer to study. That would appear to be the reverse of soil-farming.
As every great grower will tell you, the creation of a sustainable (and even lucrative) farmer company calls for superb planning, design and continuous contact with others, as well as listening to the soil and monitoring the sky.
Curtis Stone and the creators of this course, Luke Callahan, have worked in a number of ways to address the fundamental problem of screen time-to-action learning. And they've done a wonderful damned job.
The course is designed in a 12-week self-study approach, where you are ready to participate and follow the information, plan and practical activities step by step. In 12 weeks you don't have to finish the course, it's totally self-paced. And you may proceed through the components of the course at any rate, and in any sequence, but the recommended order is a strong and logical guidance.
The main skeleton of the course allows for peer engagement in many ways while being easy enough to go and dip in and out of the social component if and when you like it.
The training consists of two key areas - Business Plan and Production. A overview of each module is provided below - remember that each subject is DENSE with submodules that are full of text + video instruction information...
The Business Planning Section:
The aim of this part is to help you understand all the "business" elements of developing your farm. This boils down into all that is not directly linked to vegetable production. In essence, it is the following:
- Your Customers
- Your Products
- Developing a weekly sales plan
- Developing a weekly planting plan
- Business Administration
- The Finances
- Building an Incredible Team
The Production Section:
The objective of this part is to explain exactly how high quality food ready for sale in restaurants and farmers' markets may be produced. The following modules are split down:
- Get Your Land
- Tools & Materials
- Plot & Bed Prep
- Pests & Weeding
- Season Extension
As said, each module above has a bunch of sub-modules – e.g. the ‘Get your Land’ module breaks down into:
- Unit 1 Get the Word Out
- Unit 2 Identify The Prospects
- Unit 3 Qualify the Plot
- Unit 4 Agree on the Terms
Each of these sub-modules is effectively a lesson in itself, which includes text, video, resources, other student remarks, and mostly ACTION at the conclusion. It is advised that you have to take the measures to proceed to the following module efficiently. And so it continues.
Here's a whole run and what's involved here...
The course features an online community channel that allows you to talk about, ask questions and share resources.
You join the Profitable Urban Farming group facebook when you register. It is a closed, managed group so only people really do the course, and it is extremely lively with a meaningful debate on anything that is related to the topic of the course.
Because it's a dedicated + managed course group this facebook group is a 100% course debate, and 0% all the other junk into which we know Facebook farming communities often go — a progressive, supporting and focused community. And Curtis + Luke frequently share the status of their season and answer questions.
Enrollment can be done though phone, email or our online schedule https://xprienz.biipmi.co
All courses indicated here are scheduled to run (confirmed dates).
Contact No: +65-64389693
The full training schedules for the Urban Farming Course can be seen HERE.
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