Sustainability and Green Living
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Westchester Community College and Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center
Certification in Sustainable Agriculture
All courses are held at Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center,
located at 1271 Hanover Street in Yorktown Heights;
For people interested in organic food and sustainability, Hilltop Hanover Farm’s Sustainable Agriculture certification program is designed for, but not limited to, the aspiring farmer, community gardener, homesteader, backyard gardener, and educator.
The program covers topics ranging from soil health and organic growing methods, to small-scale livestock and garden planning. The program offers a range of hands-on activities and lectures as well as a 12-week on-site summer internship. Hilltop Hanover farm has 7 acres of vegetable, herb and flower production, 3 greenhouses, a composting facility, a farmstand, 5 beehives, and a small livestock operation, which all highlight best practices in sustainable agriculture. Hilltop Hanover farmers and local farmers make up the faculty, and the program.
Farming Business and Marketing
This hybrid online/on-site course covers business and marketing principles for agricultural products. Topics include how to run and manage wholesale, community-shared agriculture, farm stand operations, and licensing. Small-scale business practices will introduce students to hands-on techniques and procedures for planning and starting their own small-farm business. Upon completion, students will be able to write a farm business plan.
CE-BUS 2087, 3 Mon., Nov. 26-Dec. 10, 6:30-8:30 pm online and 1 Sat., Dec. 15, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Onsite-Barn F, $225. TBD #83358
This course held at Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center, 1271 Hanover Street, Yorktown Heights
Introduction to Organic Growing
Learn about the basics of organic gardening and farming. Topics range from seed selection to harvesting techniques. Course highlights include methods of planting, types of soil, plant protection, irrigation, hand tools, processing and proper storage. Upon completion of the course, students will have an understanding of how to properly plant, care for, and harvest organic vegetables.
CE-GRDN 2093, 4 Sat., Mar. 9-30, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Onsite-Barn F, $270. #13417
Weeds and Pests
Discover how to manage weeds and pests for a bountiful vegetable harvest. Topics include natural weed management, pest management, companion planting, cover cropping methods, organic pesticides, and animal prevention techniques. Upon completion of the course, students will be familiar with common pests and weeds along with sustainable methods of garden weed and pest management.
CE-GRDN 2108, 4 Sat., Apr. 27-May 18, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Onsite-Barn F, $270. #13418
The two courses above are held at Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center, 1271 Hanover Street,Yorktown Heights