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The Ashevillage Institute announces the Urban Farm School in Asheville, NC, April through October 2013. Permaculture Design Certificate included. We are accepting five students, and enrollment is now open. Early Bird Discount ends December 28th!

Everyone needs to eat! With global food insecurity, urban food deserts, rising costs, GMO’s, and myriad issues, communities around the world are in great need of creating food systems that truly work at a local scale, and in no place is this more critical than in our cities. Beyond developing systems that simply work, is the exciting opportunity to create systems that THRIVE! Replicable solutions and real models already exist, from backyard food shed design to real hands-on skills; micro-farms to CSA’s to local markets; relationship building to media storytelling. This full-season, food-centric immersion brings together food producing enthusiasts with the farmer, the site, the vision, the networks and the skills to grow downtown Asheville’s first CSA, certify students in Permaculture, and connect the dots on farming in the urban landscape. Based in one of the United State’s hotbeds of local food culture, the Urban Farm School launches its first year at the Ashevillage Institute and Sanctuary in Asheville, North Carolina.

In it’s first year, the Urban Farm School will host five students who will engage in hands-on, action-oriented activities, classes, workshops, field trips, research, documentation, independent projects, a one-week learning immersion, a permaculture certification process, and weekly meetings with local community leaders and their keystone initiatives. Main goal: is to provide a living learning laboratory for students so that they can go on to farm in urban environments. Classroom: will be the Ashevillage micro-CSA gardens, plus urban homesteads, micro-nurseries, permaculture experiments, an edible park, aquaponics factory, nearby farms, woods and wild places…most of which will be within a 5-mile radius. Primary project: at Ashevillage will be to grow beautiful and productive permaculture gardens that: 1) maximize yields in minimal space, 2) diversify CSA production for residents, guests and neighbors, 3) serve as a living systems model for visitors, 4) demonstrate what is possible in one backyard, and 5) further the meaning of ‘sanctuary’ in an urban setting. Main opportunity: at the Urban Farm School is to learn how to grow, process, market, understand and tell the story of resilient food systems in an ultra-small urban environment.

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