Mason Street City Farm Victoria BC
Starts March 28th and runs to October 2015
What is the Urban Farming Certificate Program?
In the Urban Farming Certificate Program, students will learn the theory and application of intensive urban food production and the foundations of holistic ecological farming. The focus of this program will be on the application of the theory learned in the classroom. Over 60% of the instruction will be on the ground building soil, building farm infrastructure, planting, propagating and growing food. Mason Street City Farm has spent a decade honing techniques specific to ecological urban food cultivation. Whether you’re a novice gardener or a budding farmer, this program will provide you with the core skills needed to create a thriving productive food system on a home or commercial scale.
Who is this program for?
- Novice gardeners
Organic Master Gardeners
Complete registration by phoning: 250 884 0223
Full payment must be received by the course start date.
Course fee’s and deposits are listed below!
In the event that you can’t pay the full course fee upfront arrangements can be made.
Please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scheduling and Fees*
The UFCP is broken into two modules.
Full Course (Module 1 & 2 : 80 hrs) $795
Schedule: March-October (For actual dates, see module 1 and 2 below)
Classroom time: Two weekday evening courses per month
Practical/Hands on: One full weekend day course per month
Deposit: $195 due March 15th
*Remaining Course Fees due April 1st.
Module 1 – Ecological Farming in the City
Orientation 9 AM-12 PM Saturday March 28th @ the Farm 1015 Balmoral Rd Victoria
Theory classes 20 hrs
Wednesday evenings 7PM: Apr 1, Apr 15, May 6, May 20,June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22
Practical/Hands on: 28 hrs
Saturdays 9 am-4:30: Apr 11, May 9, June 13, July 18
Module 2 – Integrating Systems: Closing The Loop
Theory classes 10 hrs
Wednesday evenings 7PM: Sept 9, Sept 23, Oct 7, Oct 21
Practical/Hands on: 22 hrs
Saturdays 9 AM-4:30 PM: Sept 12, Sept 26, Oct 17
All evening theory classes will be held at Limbic Media.
740 Discovery Street
All weekend practrical/hands on classes will be held at Mason Street City Farm
1015 Balmoral Rd
Module One (March-July)
Ecological Farming in the City
This module offers a broad spectrum of ecological and high yielding approaches to year round food production. We will explore the many unique benefits and methodologies of growing food in the city.
The topics covered in this module are, and not limited to:
- Planning and designing your year round food garden
- Growing your year round food garden
- Annual vegetable plant propagation
Foundations of soil health (Biology, Compost, Compost Tea
The resourceful farmer: Up-cycling the urban waste stream (gathering free compost materials)
- Transitioning lawn into food cultivation
Identifying and mitigating common pests and diseases
Four season plant propagation
Farm infrastructure (building greenhouses, trellising, polytunnels)
Introduction to aquaponics
Smart harvesting and processing techniques
Community food systems (Working with the City, ie bylaws)
Land acquisition and tenure
Module Two (September/October)
Integrating Systems: Closing The Loop
This module expands on the foundations of ecological food cultivation by looking at specific fields of interest in the alternative economy. Through the lense of permaculture we will explore ways to connect the many different elements of a homestead* to a larger community food system. Whether you wish to evolve your own urban homestead or start a new food based ecological business, this module provides an in depth introduction to :
- Urban Permaculture
- Perennial fruit and vegetable propagation (grafting/cuttings)
Pollinators (honeybees, blue orchard mason bees, etc.)
Filling the pantry (preserving the harvest)
- Marketing, distribution and sharing surplus
*By homestead we are referring to any accessible piece of land, whether it be privately, publicly or cooperatively owned.
*Module 1 is not a prerequisite for Module 2 but it is strongly recommended that those taking only module 2 have a practical understanding of the topics covered in Module 1.
Urban Farming Certificate Graduates walk away with:
- the ability to design a beautiful urban food system using practical and ecological techniques that promote fertility, reduce reliance on fossil fuels and increase biodiversity.
- a better understanding of the science and alchemy of a healthy biological soil system.
- the ability to resourcefully identify and acquire the elemental materials for building your farm. (Infrastructure materials, compost materials)
- a cultivated awareness of the elements involved in an inclusive community food system.
- the necessary tools to creatively participate in growing alternative economies through entrepreneurship. (Growing mushrooms, plants, fish, food etc for profit)
- an “Ecological Food Skills Certification”
We are very excited to finally be offering this program. It has been a decade in the making. We are keeping the course relatively small to ensure a quality educational experience that is rooted in practical skill building.
There are 15 spaces available.
One partial subsidy available.
Angela Moran Director @ Mason Street City Farm
Jess Brown Director @ Mason Street City Farm
Julia Ford Nursery Manager @ Mason Street City Farm
Danielle Stevenson Mushroom Specialist
Jesse Howardson Seed Security
Mighk Simpson Urban Planner and Permaculture Designer (Portland City Repair)