Ashevillage Institute launches Urban Farm School, offers student positions

Press release

from the Ashevillage Institute

Ashevillage Institute hosts a season-long learning experience in one of the country’s capitals of local food culture; Asheville, NC.

An exciting new full-season learning opportunity for students to discover how to successfully grow local food in a living, learning laboratory at Ashevillage Institute in Asheville, NC. This hands-on, action-oriented local food production course also includes a chance to gain a Permaculture Design Certificate. Students will gain the skills needed to continue growing food in urban environments.

The program will run April 1 – October 30, 2013. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, between 9am – 5pm + four independent project hours. Students will also attend a one-week learning immersion hosted by Ashevillage Institute (More information on the Immersion courses here: Bee City USA, Local Food Culture, or Natural Building).

In its first year, the Urban Farm School will offer five students positions. Applications are being accepted now on a first-come, first-served basis.

This full-season, food-centric course brings together enthusiastic food-growing students with the farmer, the site, the vision, the networks and the skills to grow downtown Asheville’s first CSA. At Ashevillage students will grow beautiful and productive permaculture gardens that: 1) maximize yields in minimal space, 2) diversify CSA production for residents, guests and neighbors, 3) serve as a living systems model for visitors, 4) demonstrate what is possible in one backyard, and 5) further the meaning of ‘sanctuary’ in an urban setting. Students will also have the opportunity to gain a certification in Permaculture, and connect the dots on farming in the urban landscape. A full range of topics will be explored, from planning, to soil fertility, to harvesting and preservation. Weekly field trips, activities and workshops will also be hosted at other sites around Asheville. Based in one of the United States’ hotbeds of local food culture, the Urban Farm School launches its first year at the Ashevillage Institute and Sanctuary in Asheville, North Carolina.

For further information on Ashevillage Institute please visit: www.ashevillage.org. Follow us on Twitter @Ashevillage. Join the Facebook group.

For images and further inquiries about the Urban Farm School please contact: Janell@ashevillage.org


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