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

February 2017

Feb. 22 – Urban Agroecology Series: Ecosystem-based Food Production for Cities, Garfield Park Conservatory

Feb. 23 – Food Safety Needs for Midwest Produce GrowersIowa State University Extension

March 2017

Mar. 2 – Growing Your Hobby Farm into a BusinessUniversity of Illinois Extension

Mar. 4 – Urban Agriculture 101, Windy City Harvest

Mar. 9 – Do Your Bees Have PMS (Parasitic Mite Syndrome), University of Illinois Extension

Mar. 11 – Composting at Home, Windy City Harvest

Mar. 11 – Beginning Beekeeping Class, Chicago Honey Co-Op

Mar. 11 – Advanced Aquaponics: Build Class, Plant Chicago

Mar. 12 – Urban Agroecology Series: Pruning Fundamentals, Garfield Park Conservatory

Mar. 16 – Maximizing Windbreaks on Your Farm, University of Illinois Extension

Mar. 18 – Urban Agroecology Series: Methods of Propagation Skills, Garfield Park Conservatory

Mar. 19 – Urban Agroecology Series: Skills in Landscape Reading, Garfield Park Conservatory

Mar. 23 – Benefits of Mulching Vegetables, University of Illinois Extension

Mar. 25 – Ten Best Crops for Home Gardens, Windy City Harvest

Mar. 25 – Urban Agroecology Series: Beneficial Fungi in the Garden, Garfield Park Conservatory

Mar. 25 – Beginning Beekeeping Class, Chicago Honey Co-Op

Mar. 30 – Soil Management for High Tunnels, University of Illinois Extension

April 2017

Apr. 1 – Building Raised Beds, Windy City Harvest

May 2017

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

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