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. It accommodates even the busiest schedule by providing online hybrid classes, runs for 2 semesters, offers a range of hands-on activities, and includes 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.
This hybrid online/on-site course covers the importance of soil health in sustainable agriculture as well as practices to ensure soil health in gardening. Topics include basic soil science, tilling vs. no till, composting systems, soil testing, crop rotation, and soil amendments. Upon completion of the course, students will have a basic understanding of soil science and be able to complete and analyze a soil test.
CE-GRDN 2094, 4 Mon., Oct. 1-22, 6:30-8:30 pm online and 1 Sat., Oct. 27, 9:00 am-1:00 pm,
Onsite-Barn F, $300. S Patel. #83263
Soil to Stomach
This course will cover how soil health translates into human health. Topics include an introduction to nutrition, why healthy soil makes us healthier humans, how sustainable gardening methods grow nutritionally dense vegetables, how to check sugar and mineral content, and the need to know of vegetable preparation. Upon completion, you will have a basic understanding of nutrition and how to check for vegetable nutritional content.
CE-NUTR 2013, 3 Mon., Sept. 10-24, 6:30-8:30 pm online and 1 Sat., Sept. 29, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Onsite-Barn F, $225. E Brenner. #83262
This hybrid online/on-site course covers various greenhouse structures and how to operate a greenhouse. Topics include types of greenhouses, design and construction, plant propagation, winter planting, and season extension. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to plan their own greenhouse operation and have an in-depth knowledge of plant propagation.
CE-GRDN 2095, 3 Mon., Nov. 5-19, 6:30-8:30 pm online and 1 Sat., Nov. 24, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Onsite-Barn F, $225. S Patel. #83361
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
All courses above and on the previous page are held at
Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center, 1271 Hanover Street, Yorktown Heights