Time: Thursdays all day from 9:30am-3:30pm
Location: Peace Garden and Farms, 3510 West 15th Ave, Gary, IN 46404
Cost: $150 (limited partial fee reductions upon request)
Registration Due By: April 12, 2018
Mission Statement: The Master Urban Farmer Training Program is designed to provide new urban farmers in Lake County the introductory knowledge and skills to start an urban farm. At the end of the program, it is expected that participants will be able to write a viable business plan and have the information necessary to move forward with their urban farming goals.
- Develop the basic knowledge of the hard skills involved in urban farming systems.
- Create awareness of practices and procedures that participants could utilize in their own operations
- Understand the financial and business tools needed to manage a profitable farm. This includes developing the beginnings of a business plan.
- University of Illinois is working in cooperation with Purdue Extension-Lake County with the program.
Who Should Take This Program?
- Entrepreneurs who want to start an intensive urban produce farm operation.
- Community members in underserved/food insecure communities who want to develop their food production skill set in order to increase food security and/or establish a community food system project.
- Master Gardeners and Naturalists interested to intensify their food production skill set.
- Educators who want to bring food production knowledge back to their organization.
- New growers interested in more intensive training programs, but not sure if they want to commit the time or the money.
- Anyone who is interested in Urban Farming!
Nikky Witkowski, Agriculture Extension Educator, Lake County, Indiana
If you require auxiliary aids and services due to a disability, please contact us by April 2, 2018 at 219-755-3240.
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From the Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition:
We are thrilled to offer four $500 scholarships to sustainable farming conferences this winter! We couldn't do this without support from SARE (USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program). To qualify, you just need to be a young farmer in Indiana (anyone in their first ten years of farming).
We want you to go out into the farming world, learn a ton, and come share it with the Hoosier Young Farmers. The $500 scholarships can be used towards registration, travel, hotels, or whatever you need to make the conference happen. We'll ask our scholarship recipients to share what they learn via social media and at a potluck next Spring.
Applications are due Nov. 5.
The Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) is partnering with Health by
Design to present a series of workshops this fall designed to help Indiana communities
become healthier—as well as more walkable, bikeable and accessible for people of all
ages and abilities.
New small scale and alternative farmers can sign up before June 30th to be counted in this year's Census of Agriculture. This is an important opportunity to be counted, which has the potential to help relevant funding and research become available in our area.
Every five years, America's farmers and ranchers have the opportunity to represent ourselves, our farms, and our communities by taking part in USDA's Census of Agriculture—and 2017 is a census year!
For farmers and ranchers, especially young and beginning farmers and ranchers, participation in the 2017 Ag Census is a critical opportunity to shape American agriculture for years to come. The Ag Census is the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation. NYFC relies on this data to advocate for you and for policies, services, and programs that support young farmers!
Please sign up to take the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Make sure you're counted!
Free Garden Plots Are Available
The Jackson Street Community Garden, through the leadership of the dedicated volunteers and staff of the Pax Center, is preparing to open for another season. To meet the growing interest in the community garden, the Pax Center has expanded the available garden plots, increased registration space in the Kids Summer Garden Club, and moved the community “u-pick” area to be more accessible to those in need. Through grants and generous donations from individuals, community organizations, and local businesses, all programs at the Jackson Street Community Garden are free to the public.
The 4x8 foot garden plots are available to individuals, families, or local community groups and businesses. Each gardener is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their garden space. But, mentoring is available for those that need help. All produce grown by the individual gardeners are kept by the gardeners unless they wish to donate to the share table. Nate Loucks, Chief Peace Officer and President of the Pax Center noted, “This little corner of LaPorte is not only a beautiful and thriving garden, but it’s also an environmental learning center for community members to learn about eco-living and becoming better neighbors.” Anyone interested in joining the Jackson Street Community Garden this year is encouraged to contact Jason Clemons (219-575-7842 firstname.lastname@example.org) or stop by the Pax Center on Washington Street.
The Pax Center is a food providing organization at 605 Washington Street in LaPorte. It was birthed when, in 2015, a generous donor gave State Street Community Church a former bar and nightclub. This building houses State Street's community service initiatives. With nearly 2,500 square feet of renovated space, over 10,000 people are fed each year through the food pantry and weekly community meals. The Jackson Street Community Garden is part of the Pax Center’s mission to create sustainable and healthier eating alternatives in economically challenged areas and bring education to the next generation about gardening and healthy eating habits.
Spring and the planting season is approaching. The garden is in need of volunteers to work with the dedicated board members to maintain and expand the garden. Regular work days at the garden are the 2nd & 4th Saturday each month from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, although work can be done at anytime. Raised beds are available for rent during the growing season. Contact us by calling Christ United Methodist Church at 219-884-8312 to volunteer, rent a bed to grow you own vegetables or if you have questions.