About the Program

The Civic Urban Farmer Program workshop series is a no-cost dynamic educational program developed by UC Davis Western Institute for Food Safety and Security and UC Cooperative Extension. Urban farming is a key element to reimagining a more vibrant and resilient local food system. This program uses a train the trainer model and a civic minded approach to provide urban farmers with technical assistance in growing, harvesting, handling, and marketing specialty crops to increase food production, food availability, land access, and land tenure. This year Professor of Cooperative Extension in Apiculture, Elina Niño, joins our program to support urban farmers with training on managing pollinators to increase crop yields and create value added products like honey!

This series of 11 workshops is designed to grow the number of economically viable, small and be- ginning, multicultural, sustainable urban farmers in Northern California. We will also use the workshops as opportunities to hold time and space for growing community by creating space for urban farm networking, sharing cultural practices for food growing, and amplifying local voices and perspectives.

Interactive remote sessions will take place on zoom and in-person sessions with hands on demonstrations and group discussion will take place at local urban farms on weekends. There is no cost for participating in the. For those that complete all of the sessions the course will conclude with a graduation certificate ceremony.

Available Courses

Civic Urban Farmer Program

Introductory 10 module course to urban farming. (Virtual Self-paced)