Ecological Market Garden Training

Applications are closed for 2017. Please check back in Spring 2018.

Craving hands-on experience getting an urban farm up and running in the spring time, from planning to greenhouse seeding to planting out in the field? Feeling keen to develop a deeper understanding of ecological agriculture methods?

Register for our 10-week Ecological Market Garden Training to hone your green thumb at the Ryerson Urban Farm this spring! The program includes 10 1.5-hour classroom training sessions and 10 4-hour field training sessions.

Expected outcomes:
-a contextual understanding of ecological urban agriculture as a valid production method
-an understanding of how to create and maintain soil fertility
-a botanical understanding of plant growth
-an understanding of the production side of urban agriculture
-hands on experience from greenhouse seeding to transplanting and direct seeding in the field

Hands-on training includes:
-greenhouse operations
-microgreen production
-starting and nurturing seedlings
-compost production with our ‘hot composting’ system
-compost tea production
-small-scale vermiculture production
-permanent raised bed (‘permabed’) preparation including turning in green manure/cover crops
-installing and maintaining drip irrigation
-direct seeding and transplanting into the field
-natural fertilizer use and integrated pest management
-sub-irrigated containers
-ergonomics for gardeners/farmers

February 7 | Registration opens
February 21 | Deadline to register
February 22 – 24 | Interviews (by phone)
March 14 – May 28 | Program run time

Program Schedule
Classroom training: Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm, Ryerson campus, KHW Room 362 [map]
Field training (pick one day): Sunday 12-4pm, Tuesday 12-4pm, Thursday 8am-12pm
+Expect a small amount of project work, plus recommended readings/resources

Capacity: 18 participants total. This allows up to schedule 6 participants at each field training session, meaning that everyone gets ample opportunity to engage hands-on.

Non-student: $450 ($400 course fee + $50 registration fee)
Student: $250 ($200 course fee + $50 registration fee)
Deadline: Due March 21, via cash or cheque made out to ‘Ryerson University’. Please feel free to ask us about a payment plan and other payment options if needed.

Who is this program for?
-You want to start a small-scale farm or market garden
-You want to improve your own growing practices at a home scale, whether in a kitchen garden, container garden, or window sill
-You want to become a more informed consumer
-You are an industry professional interested in productive green infrastructure
-You work in the urban agriculture field and want to gain a deeper understanding of a ecologically-based production scale

What if I have to miss a session?
Depending on numbers, you may be able to attend a different field session as a make-up. In order to receive Certificate completion and a reference, participants must attend at minimum 7/10 classroom trainings and 7/10 of field sessions.