Workshops

2018 Chicago Farm Workshops

To register for our workshops, please click on the links below to be directed to our ‘Events’ page. Limited scholarships are available for each workshop listed.

Greenhouse Production: Seeding, Transplanting & Marketing Crops
Date: Saturday, March 17th, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Location: South Chicago Farm

Participants receive hands-on training to learn how to mix soil, seed, harvest, wash and package a variety of crops. Participants engage in-group discussion focused on year-round greenhouse production and marketing strategies to effectively sell products within marketplaces that suit their goals and resources. This information will provide a springboard to begin strategizing how products and services will be sold to generate revenue for the enterprise. Planning value-added products, workshops, sales to restaurants, Community Supported Agriculture, and farmers markets will all be explored through small group discussion and a questions and answers session.

Dismantling Racism in the Food System – Intensive Leadership Training
Dates: Friday, May 4, 9am-6pm & Saturday, May 5, 8:30am-6pm
Location: Bridgeport Art Center

An understanding to dismantling racism principles is critical to the success of any urban agriculture project. This three-day workshop will introduce a framework to better understand how racism and privilege manifests on an individual, cultural and institutional level, as well as provide space to reflect upon ways to create projects that empower low-income and communities of color through sustainable, local agriculture.

We will be discussing recent challenges and opportunities in the food movement world both from a local, in your community, perspective and from the national and international food sovereignty arena. Designed to build a community of leaders who are enabled to take action and provide intensive training and dialogue that facilitates anti-racism, with the hope that leaders take food justice actions in our own programs and neighborhoods.

Grow Your Farm: Learn to “Seed” Crops, Mushrooms & Soil
Date: Saturday, June 9th, 8:30am – 4:00pm
Location: South Chicago Farm

Learn the basics of bed building and seeding your garden, as well as the basics of composting and vermicomposting for your farm.  In the morning, participants will learn how to build growing beds and seed a variety of crops, from broadcasting seeds for salad mix, to learning how to use a professional seeder.  We will learn about “seeding” different varieties of mushrooms including oyster and shiitake varieties.  Fungi doesn’t take up “mushroom” in your garden and can be a fun and tasty addition to your edible landscape.

In the afternoon, we will show participants how to manage a small-scale compost system.  Participants will discuss collection of waste streams in the city or on the farm. We will also teach the basics of vermicomposting and will construct and explain how to maintain a worm bin. The on-farm use of vermicomposting as a fertilizer will be a focus, including how to use it for generating revenue from those who want an excellent, organic fertilizer or compost teas.

Learn to Harvest, Post-Harvest Handling & Food Safety Practices
Saturday, July 14th, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: South Chicago Farm

We will teach best practices for harvesting and post-harvesting crops to ensure both shelf-life and safety for your consumers. Learn how to set up your farm successfully to minimize health risks and to insure quality produce is headed to market. Participants will learn Good Agricultural Practice Standards and record keeping for passing a farm audit.

Bee Keeping 101
Saturday, August 11th, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: South Chicago Farm

We will teach best practices for harvesting and post-harvesting crops to ensure both shelf-life and safety for your consumers. Learn how to set up your farm successfully to minimize health risks and to insure quality produce is headed to market. Participants will learn Good Agricultural Practice Standards and record keeping for passing a farm audit.

Bringing it All Together – Making Sure Your Ends Meet: Season Extension & Farm Financials 101
Saturday, September, 22nd, 9:30am – 4:00pm
Location: South Chicago Farm

We will begin the day discussing season extension on the farm and demonstrating a variety of techniques. This will be followed by, financial planning, budgets, spreadsheets, grant writing, financing, and small group budget development. We will create a comprehensive operating budget, profit and loss format, and begin to develop financing or grant writing for the business plan. UGC will provide bookkeeping and accounting basics presentation and provide templates for developing the budget.

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