Sustainability and Green Living
To register call 914-606-6830 and press option 1
NEW! Developing Zero Energy Homes
Discover what it takes to develop homes that won’t cost anything to heat, cool, or light without going broke. Learn about energy efficient materials, appliances, heating and cooling equipment, lighting, solar panel systems, and windows and window treatments that make up a zero energy home. Explore financial incentives available to reduce the cost and why they are more comfortable and even less costly to develop.
CE-GREEN 2019, 2 Sat., Oct. 14 & 21, 11:00 am-2:00 pm, Room TBD, $75. B Rehfeld. #83357
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; www.hilltophanoverfarm.org
In recent years there has been an increase in public concern regarding health, the environment, and animal welfare, leading to a demand for local sustainable food and a rise in organic vegetable production. 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 is all-encompassing, with 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.
NEW! Introduction to Organic Growing
This hybrid online/on-site course covers the basics of organic gardening and farming, highlighting topics ranging from seed selection to harvesting techniques. Includes planting methods, 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 Mon., Sept. 11-Oct. 2 online and 1 Sat., Oct. 7, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Onsite-Barn F, $300. #83359
NEW! Soil Health
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. 9-30 online and 1 Sat., Nov. 4, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Onsite-Barn F, $300. #83360
NEW! 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, farmstand 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., Oct. 23-Nov. 6 online and 1 Sat., Nov. 11, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Onsite-Barn F, $225. #83358
NEW! Greenhouse Growing
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. 6-20 online and 1 Sat., Nov. 25, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Onsite-Barn F, $225. #83361