Commercial Urban Agriculture

Growing Power is in the process of revamping our multi-weekend training seminars in 2017.

MILWAUKEE CUA TRAINING (farming focused):

If you are interested in a curriculum focused on extensive farming techniques, please inquire with the Milwaukee branch at staff@growingpower.org.

CHICAGO ENTREPRENEUR TRAINING (business planning):

If you are looking for a program geared towards the entrepreneurial side of farming, which includes business plan development and an introduction to urban farming techniques, please click here more information.

About CUA:

Urban agriculture contributes nutritious, flavorful food to communities through year-round local food production.  The ability to produce and distribute food throughout local neighborhoods is important as the demand for nutritional, good-tasting food continues to grow throughout the country.  It is crucial that this healthy food be available to individuals and families in ALL neighborhoods!

While healthy food production is perhaps the most important aspect of urban agriculture, other benefits abound as well.  Sustainable farming methods and food production contribute to the beauty of urban landscapes while at the same time playing a crucial role in strengthening healthy environmental management practices within our cities.  Additionally, urban farmers and residents benefit as both the economic and social impacts strengthen neighbors and neighborhoods.

Growing Power’s Commercial Urban Agriculture Training Program will help you to manage your own farming business, while allowing you to learn on-site; actually practicing the hands-on skills needed to profitably farm in the city.  The course is a series of five weekend seminars, running January through May, and takes place at Growing Power’s training facilities in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This practical adult education training program is designed to assure that you will have the tools to begin your urban farming project when the training concludes.  One-on-one advising is part of the program, both as you work between sessions to develop your farming plan and at the conclusion of the formal program.  This program is designed for those individuals who are serious and ready to contribute to the food system in their communities as members of the farming profession.

 The course is a series of five, three–day weekend seminars, January through May (participants are expected to attend and participate in all five, three-day sessions).   The program begins on Friday and continues on Saturday mornings with small class meetings.  Participants then move into hands-on learning on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.  During this time, attendees concentrate on skill building focused on the participant’s individual farming business. 

WORKSHOP DATES FOR 2017:

To Be Announced.  Please check back for details.

Cost:

$2,500.00 for five weekend seminars.  Meals are included (fees are non refundable. )

Topics Covered:

Business Planning

  • Planning your commercial urban farm
  • Financing opportunities/Lending programs
  • Building relationships in the urban community
  • Creating A Realistic Business Plan
  • Marketing (direct marketing & wholesale)
  • Retail, packaging, market-ready
  • How to find and secure space (land)
  • City regulations, zoning, and licensing

Farming

  • Composting
  • Worm farming
  • Soil testing
  • Horticulture
  • Farm without using chemicals
  • Aquaculture
  • Bee-keeping
  • Small farm equipment and tools
  • Food processing
  • Water usage
  • Renewable energy
  • Labor issues

Trainers:

Will Allen, Farmer, Founder & CEO of Growing Power

There are payment options and scholarships available.

Additional speakers brought in to address relevant subjects throughout the course.

For more information or payment options, please contact staff@growingpower.org with subject title “CUA”.

LOGISTICS

Lodging (*Please see promotion code below)

Milwaukee Bayshore
5423 N Port Washington Road
Glendale, WI 53217
414-962-6767

All Suite Hotel, Fitness Center, Full American Breakfast, Pool & Newly Renovate.  Walking distance to restaurants and Bayshore Town Center.

$89.00 Weekday, 10% off weekends, shuttle available upon 48 hour request

Milwaukee Glendale Hampton Avenue
5110 N Port Washington Road
Glendale, WI 53217
414-964-8484

$79.00 Weekday and 10% off weekends.  No shuttle service. Breakfast, business center, high speed internet are offered at this facility.

Promotion code for lodging:

Bed and Breakfast options:

Eva’s Room: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/555782

Hazel’s Room: www.airbnb.com/rooms/555743

Ali’s Room: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3087467

Each link has the details of each room, along with the address of the house.

Transportation to Milwaukee: