Center for Green Living and Professional Training


NEW! Energy Efficient Lighting for Buildings
Learn about lighting’s energy efficiency and costs and discover how to perform a lighting audit to understand the current state of a building. Learn the basic nomenclature about lighting and the different types of lighting fixtures available along with their advantages and disadvantages. Understand basic energy usage calculations and energy bill analysis as well as the factors necessary to determine whether a lighting upgrade is necessary. Identify strategies available to minimize energy consumption and cost.
CE-GREEN 2014, 3 M/T/W, June 9-11, 6:30-8:30 pm, Room TBD, $65. B Hagen. #6077

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.

To register, call us at 914-606-6830 (press 1), or register online

All courses take place at Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center located at 1271 Hanover Street in Yorktown Heights (

Core Courses:

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, plants, and humans on a small sustainable farm.
CE-GRDN 2024, 4 Sat., June 14, July 12, Aug. 2 & 16, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Barn F, $300. M Fedison. #5780

Elective Courses:

NEW! Basic Farm Entomology
Learn about the identification, natural history, and classification of common beneficial pests and insects. We will take a more technical view of agriculturally significant insect orders, anatomy, identification, monitoring, and managing them within in farm setting. Field collection of specimens and mounts will be made for future reference.
CE-SCI 2022, 3 Sat., June 7 & 28, July 26, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Barn F, $225. W Chang. #6060

Introduction to Seed Saving and Production
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 Sat., June 21, July 19, Aug. 9, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Barn F, $225. M Fedison. #5813