The Central Virginia Urban Farmer Fellowship is a 12-week training program that teaches regenerative agriculture, urban greening and community building within the city. The program is designed to provide citizens with the skills necessary to increase the number of sustainable urban green spaces supported by the community. The increase of green space in urban areas is documented to increase residents’ pride of place, stimulate economic vitality and provide healthy, engaging spaces where communities come together and for shared social experiences.
The Central Virginia Urban Farmer Fellowship takes place at central and accessible locations throughout the neighborhoods of Richmond VA. Partner organizations provide space for in-classroom training; subsequent hands-on service learning experiences either a) take place at the same location or b) within close proximity to the training location.
Classes are small (12 – 16) to allow for an optimal experiential learning environment. In-classroom sessions are 3 hours long and equal parts presentation, discussion, and group activity to build community among trainees. Subsequent hands-on service learning components take place on Saturdays in 3 hour increments. Total hours for the training: 72 learning hours
Examine the history and importance of sustainable horticulture/agriculture.
Demonstrate an understanding of community project management and volunteer coordination
Develop practical regenerative urban agriculture skills necessary for the cultivation of greenspaces, sustainable urban farms, gardens, and community spaces for beautification and community wellness
Demonstrate an understanding of food justice & climate resiliency, their practicality, health, and social importance.
Determine actions to sustain urban greening efforts in the community.
Who should apply?
Must be 18 years old in order to apply
When does the program begin and end?
October 12th, 2022 – Jan. 29, 2023
Wednesdays & Saturdays
What does it cost to enroll?
The registration fee is 150$
Is there any financial assistance available? Yes!