Sustainability and Green Living

WARNING: Environmental Health Hazards May Be In Your Home
Mold, lead, formaldehyde and asbestos are just a few environmental dangers that could be hidden in most homes. Discover what they are, how they got there and what you can do to protect yourself and your family.
CE-GREEN 2015, 1 Thurs., Dec. 3, 11:00 am-2:00 pm, KNC-2, $30. J Baratta. #82528

What Does It Mean To Be “Green”?
For homeowners or anyone wanting a better understanding of energy efficient products and building materials and techniques to reduce utility bills and minimize consumption of natural resources.
CE-GREEN 2001, 1 Tues., Oct. 20, 11:00 am-2:00 pm, LIB-G36, $30. J Baratta. #82529


Certificate in Sustainable Vegetable Production
Presented by Westchester Community College
and Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center

If you’re interested in becoming a vegetable farmer, have a passion for sustainable agriculture, or simply want to improve your own produce growing skills, this exciting new program is for you!

All classes take place at beautiful Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights. This 187-acre farm is owned by the County of Westchester, and includes a five-acre commercial crop farm, two greenhouses, and a composting facility that all highlight best practices in sustainable agriculture. Seasoned agricultural service providers and farming professionals make up the certificate faculty.

The certificate curriculum will prepare those who wish to develop agricultural and entrepreneurial skills, as well as those wishing to enhance their knowledge of vegetable production. Program focus is based on environmentally sound, community based, small-farm practices.

The program consists of 45 hours of core courses, 18 hours of electives, and 16 hours of community service at the farm, for a total of 79 hours. Coursework includes classroom study and hands-on field work highlighting practical farming skills and concepts. You may opt to complete the certificate program in 2 semesters or you may choose to take courses as stand-alone courses at your own pace.

All courses are held at Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center, located at 1271 Hanover Street in Yorktown Heights (

Core Courses:
Sustainable Crop Production: Fall
Learn about fall and winter organic crop production practices, including vegetables, cut flowers, and culinary herbs. Topics include variety selection, production methods, record keeping, and extending the season using unheated hoop houses. Upon completion, you will have knowledge of crop production strategies for fall and winter.
CE-GRDN 2025, 4 Thurs., Sept. 10-Oct. 1, 5:30-8:30 pm, Barn F, $300. M Zanke. #82687

Plant Disease Management
Examine the major pests and diseases that impact vegetable production with a focus on cultural, biological, and minimal toxicity methods of control. Different philosophies of pest control, and their merits, will be discussed. Upon completion, you will able to identify, recommend, and administer preventative controls for selected insects and diseases.
CE-GRDN 2020, 3 Mon., Sept. 21-Oct. 5, 5:30-8:30 pm, Barn F, $225. W Chang. #82689

Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture & Soil Science
Discover the “nuts and bolts” of our new agricultural program at Hilltop Hanover. Learn the basic principles and practices of sustainable agriculture. Topics covered include botany, composting, irrigation, and basic principles of crop production, rotation, and protection. Upon completion, you will have an enhanced understanding of how to manage the complex interrelationships of air, water, soil, plant, and human on a small sustainable farm.
CE-GRDN 2024, 4 Thurs., Oct. 8-29, 5:30-8:30 pm, Barn F, $300. M Fedison. #82688

Elective Courses:
Introduction to Seed Saving
Learn about seed saving and seed production fundamentals with an emphasis on on-farm seed production. Topics include isolation distance and population size considerations, mating strategies and pollination requirements, controlled pollination techniques, seed maturity and harvest indicators, seed drying and storage, and demonstrations of seed cleaning processes. Upon completion, you will be able to produce a commercial quality seed crop.
CE-GRDN 2047, 3 Wed., Sept. 30-Oct. 14, 5:30-8:30 pm, Barn F, $225. S Siegel. #82690

Greenhouse Design and Plant
Explore the various greenhouse facilities in use on small sustainable farms. Topics include selection of greenhouses, design and construction, basic operational guidelines, and indoor plant propagation methods. Greenhouse production at Hilltop Hanover Farm will be discussed in detail. Evaluate your own greenhouse needs, and be ready to start greenhouse growing.
CE-GRDN 2021, 3 Mon., Oct. 19-Nov. 2, 5:30-8:30 pm, Barn F, $225. W Chang. #82692

Advanced Soil Science
Sustainable agricultural relies on proper understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological components of soil. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of managing soils to promote biodiversity and balance trace elements to create a proper environment for healthy crops. Learn to interpret the results of a soil test and recommend amendments.
CE-GRDN 2052, 3 Thurs., Nov. 5-19, 5:30-8:30 pm, Barn F, $225. M Fedison. #82691