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Urban Farming Course



*** We have postponed this course until further notice. We will reschedule the weekend once it is safe to do so. Check back in for updates. ***

The Urban Farming Course is an intensive hands-on weekend certification program with GCG’s team of Horticultural Specialists, designed to give you the skills you need to grow food at home and in the community. Participants leave with an in-depth knowledge of course topics.

This course takes place over the course of two days, Saturday and Sunday, only once a year. Class space is limited; we recommend registering well in advance.

“This two day course has made me feel like I really can grow food anywhere! Thank you Green City Growers.”

— Joyce Massicotte


Course Dates: (March 21st-22nd, 2020)- POSTPONED, NEW DATES TBD

Course Times: Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Sunday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Course Location: Green City Growers HQ, 600 Windsor Place, Somerville MA 02143

Course Fee: $275

Course Text: The Urban Bounty (required) – $38.25 (+$3 shipping)

Course fee due in full at registration. No refund for cancellations made within 30 days of workshop date.


Urban farming courseInstalling a Garden – Raised-bed construction, soil selection, watering and irrigation, light, soil viability, locating your ideal garden space, containers vs. raised-beds vs. in-ground, small and intensive techniques

Planting – Picking priorities for your space, choosing plant varieties, seeds vs. starts, finding good seed and plant suppliers, creating a crop map, plant spacing, cool vs. warm weather crops, perennials and annuals

Garden Maintenance – Maintaining healthy and fertile soil, organic fertilization methods, micro-nutrients, soil testing, spacing and thinning, transplanting, watering schedules, trellising, mulching, pest and fungal management, pruning, harvesting for maximum yield, winterizing the garden

Season Extension – Cold frames, hoop houses, plant selection for winter growing, winter maintenance

Beyond Your Garden – Introduction to bee and chicken keeping, cooking with and preserving your produce, and information on getting involved in your community