Training Opportunities

1939608_623034461110071_1473699422_oAre you hoping to learn more about growing food in the city?

Whether you are thinking about starting your own home garden, have acquired land for an urban agriculture project, or are interested in signing up for a plot at a community garden, there is a wide range of training opportunities offered by Chicagoland organizations throughout the year which will help you to become a more capable grower.

Be sure to also check out the AUA Resource Guide for online resources that are specific to growing food in Chicagoland.

If you are offering a training opportunity that you would like added to the list, please send a link with the information to 

Upcoming Opportunities

May 2017

May 5 – Straw Bale Gardening, University of Illinois Extension

May 6 – Herbs for the Home Garden, Windy City Harvest

May 10 – Master Urban Farmer Series, University of Illinois Extension (Weds, 5/10 – 7/27)

May 13 – Urban Forage Medicinal Plant Walk, Spontaneous Vegetation

June 2017

June 1 – TreeKeepers Course, Openlands (Tues & Thurs, 6/1 – 6/27)

June 3 – Mini-Tunnel Build Out Workshop, University of Illinois-Extension

June 21 & 22 – Bi-State Compost School, University of Illinois-Extension

June 25 – Permaculture Design Certificate, Pachamanka Land System (2 consecutive weeks)

June 26 – Produce Safety Training, University of Illinois-Extension

June 26-30- Engaging Students Through Agriculture, University of Illinois-Extension

July 2017

July 9 – Farm & Food Forest School, KAMII Food Justice and Sustainability Program (Sundays, 7/9 – 8/27)

July 11 – Animal Related Career Exploration, University of Illinois-Extension (free 4 week intensive for high school students)

July 11-14 – Food, Fiber, Fuel – Bringing STEM to Your Classroom, University of Illinois-Extension

August 2017

Aug. 23-30 – Soil Fungi Master Class

Ongoing Opportunities

Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship

Illinois Master Gardeners

Openlands Gardenkeepers

Plant Chicago Aquaponics

Triton College Sustainable Horticulture Program

Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT)

Organic Seed Alliance – Free Online Course

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) – Free Online Courses