Urban Gardening: Healthy Food For Urban Families
How your nonprofit organization can teach urban families to grow healthy food in small spaces.
Launch an urban gardening program for fresh, nutritious vegetables for at-risk urban families.
8 Weeks | Hands-On
An 8-week, self-paced, urban gardening challenge for your nonprofit to get a small, city gardening demonstration up and running!
This course is perfect for nonprofit organizations who want to teach urban families how to grow nutritious, fresh vegetables—healthy food—with an experienced vegetable gardener.
1. If you’re not an experienced vegetable gardener YOU will learn how to plan, plant, and produce vegetables in a city gardening setting.
2. A component of each assignment will also show you how to work with your urban families and teach THEM how to plan, plant, and produce vegetables in their own urban gardening setting.
You will learn about:
Learn by doing. This hands-on training course for the staff of food banks, nonprofit organizations, and charities is for actually launching an urban gardening program.
In 8 weeks, you will be guided by an experienced instructor in developing a real-life city gardening project using hands-on exercises and learn how to teach urban families in your community about city gardening too. All they will need for container gardening is a patio, a balcony, a terrace garden, a small garden plot, or a rooftop.
For individuals and families:
You will receive weekly, hands-on assignments designed to get you vegetable gardening in the city in 8 weeks. Your teacher will answer your questions and offer helpful suggestions each week.
For nonprofit organizations and community groups developing urban gardening programs:
We will tailor your experience so that you will have the tools and urban gardening knowledge to teach these practical skills to individuals and families in your community.
Course participants from nonprofit organizations have helped people in North America, Europe, Australia, and Great Britain participate in city gardening programs.
Work in the Global South? If so, this sister course is a better match for you: Village Vegetable Gardens.
8 Weeks: Develop a real-world urban gardening program.
Week 1. Choosing a space and containers for container gardening for your vegetables.
Week 2. Nutrition, planning, and selecting seeds for vegetables. Start some seeds in seed trays now.
Free Week. If you need to, this is a good time to catch up.
Week 3. Gardening in containers. What kind of potting soil? Where to get it?
Week 4. Prepare the potting soil for container gardening for optimal plant growth-organically.
Week 5. Plant seeds and also seedlings in your new garden containers & plant pots.
Free Week. If you need to, this is a good time to catch up.
Week 6. Learn how to gauge sun and water.
Week 7. Practice insect vigilance: organically.
Week 8. Planning and cooking nutritious meals using your healthy food.
This is course is the first part of a four-course program on planning, funding, launching, and managing a local climate action plan for your community. The course will lead you through the design and launch of a similar, real project in your local community.
In this first course, you will work hand-in-hand with community members in developing a local climate action plan.
By the end of the 8 weeks, you will have designed a plan complete with climate change solutions that will work for your community’s climate change challenges. Your plan is in preparation for the second course of the program where you will develop a full set of donor documents to present for funding.
8 Weeks: Develop a real-life, local climate action plan.
Week 1. Complete enrollment, meet your teacher, and explore the course resources. You will then have the next 3 weeks for Assignment One.
Week 2 & 3. Conduct a climate change conversation with community members to understand their needs, personal interests—and strengths!
Week 4. Clearly define your community and its overall climate challenges.
Week 5. Learn how to solve the challenge using locally-focused climate change solutions.
Week 6. Make sure your plan will work by checking that your climate solutions have success stories that show a proven track record.
Week 7. Assemble a detailed outline for a local climate action plan in preparation for a donor presentation.
Week 8. Share your project with your community and with a donor for feedback.
Types of communities that you can help prepare for their climate challenges during your participation in this course:
The importance of community members. Every community has different climate challenges: location and size make each community unique. Designing solutions to climate challenges will need to be on a very local, human scale. Top-down plans won’t work.
Consequently, the most important people in designing, launching and maintaining climate action plans are the community members themselves. They know their unique climate challenges, they know potential solutions, and they know what they want for their community. They will become the owners of the plan.
8 Weeks | Course 1 of 4 | Hands-On
This is the first course of four-courses on planning, funding, launching, and managing a climate action plan with your community.
You will work hand-in-hand with community members in developing their plan.
The program is designed to help both experienced—and novice—climate change planners implement bold climate action plans for ensuring that communities are prepared for a changing climate.
In designing a successful climate action plan you will:
Learn by doing. This climate change program is for actually launching a climate change action plan with a real community. In 8 weeks you will design a plan complete with solutions for your community’s climate change challenges.
This is in preparation for the second course of the program where you will develop a full set of donor documents to present for funding.
Course participants have helped communities in North America, Europe, Australia, and Great Britain be prepared for local challenges magnified by global warming:
The course will lead you through the design and launch of a similar, real project in your local community.
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