Center for Green Living and Professional Training
CENTER FOR GREEN LIVING & PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
Westchester Community College and Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center present the
Certificate in Sustainable Vegetable Production
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 atwww.sunywcc.edu/ce.
All courses take place at Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center located at 1271 Hanover Street in Yorktown Heights (ww.hilltophanoverfarm.org)
Sustainable Crop Production: Spring
Learn aboutspring and summer 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 Sat., Feb. 22-Apr. 5 (skip 3/1, 15 & 29), 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Barn F, $300. M Zanke. #13832
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 Tues., Feb. 25-Mar. 18, 5:30-8:30 pm, Barn F, $300. M. Fedison. #13836
Agriculture Business and Marketing
Explore basic business and marketing principals for agricultural products. Topics covered include: buying, selling, processing, grading, storing and marketing of agricultural products. Small scale business practices will introduce students to hands-on techniques and procedures for planning and starting a small business. Emphasis will be on market research, finance, time management and day-to-day activities owning/operating a small business. Upon completion, students should be able to write and implement a viable business plan.
CE-BUS 2040, 3 Tues., Jan. 14-28, 5:30-8:30 pm, Barn F, $225. M Fedison. #13833
Discuss historical and current concepts regarding food justice. Food justice is a broad subject which includes the ideals that all people should have the opportunity to purchase affordable and nutritious food, inequalities in food access should be eliminated, food production systems should be transparent, and that government food policy should seek to benefit all people. Topics include changes in the American diet, emergence of food deserts, movements to bring living wages to farm workers, impact of genetically modified organisms, and actions to promote food justice in our own communities.
CE-NUTR 2007, 3 Tues., Feb. 4-18, 5:30-8:30 pm, Barn F, $225. M Fedison. #13835
Basic Farm Maintenance
Learn about fundamental maintenance and repair of farm facilities and equipment. Topics include safe use of hand tools and farm machinery, carpentry, concrete work, painting, plumbing and calculating costs and materials needed. Upon completion, students should be able to answer theoretical questions and topics covered and assist with maintenance and repair of farm facilities and equipment.
CE-GRDN 2028, 3 Sat., Mar. 1-29 (skip 3/8 & 3/22) 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Barn F, $225. M. Zanke #13834
Green Construction Management: Inroduction to LEED ® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Get an introduction to green building principles and the fundamentals of the LEED Rating System. We cover global warming, carbon footprint, water efficiency, light pollution reduction, water classification and irrigation, storm water management, heat island effect, refrigerant management, onsite/offsite renewable energy, energy efficiency, recycling, building reuse, construction waste management, construction materials, FSC certified wood, sustainable purchasing, solid waste management, indoor air quality and thermal comfort, they relate to building design, construction, and operations. Learn about the requirements and the process of how buildings become LEED certified, and how industry professionals become LEED credentialed.
CE-GREEN 2005, 2 Thurs., Mar. 6 &13, 6:30-9:30 pm, Room TBD, $75. B Hagen. #13992
State of the art training in Photovoltaics (PV) for those who are interested in becoming a PV installer, sales representative, system designer, or who are seeking general information for home use. Basic Electrical Theory and Math is intended for those who need to brush up on these basic skills beforetaking the PV installation program.
Basic Electrical Theory and Math for Photovoltaics
Intended to help prepare you for Intro to Photovoltaic Installation; gain a basic understanding of basic electrical concepts and formulas and the use of a scientific calculator. Topics include the interrelation of voltage, current, and resistance using Ohm’s Law, DC and AC single, split, and 3 phase sources, series and parallel connections, power calculations, and hands-on testing using meters. Prerequisite: basic arithmetic and elementary algebra. Students must bring TI-36X Solar calculator to class; handouts supplied by instructor.
CE-BSKLS 2000, 2 Sat., Mar. 15-22, 9:00 am-5:30 pm, Room TBD, $195. R Van Inwegen. #14063
Introduction to Photovoltaic Installation for NABCEP Exam
Learn the basics of PV system design and installation and the learning objectives needed to pass the NABCEP Entry Level exam. Operation and application of system components including PV modules, charge controllers, inverters, and battery systems are explained. Topics include installation safety, solar radiation, system sizing, mechanical and electrical integration with NEC code requirements. Actual PV hardware is used to demonstrate installation concepts. 40 total hours of instruction. Prerequisite: Basic Electrical Theory & Math for Photovoltaics or electrical knowledge demonstrated by competency exam.
CE-TECH 2003, 5 Sat., Apr. 5-May 3, 9:00 am-5:30 pm, Room TBD, $625 (+ textbook). R Van Inwegen. #14064
Center for Energy Efficiency and Building Science (CEEBS)
Building Science Courses
Through these certification courses, learn how to use the “whole house” performance-based approach to understand how the house works as a system. The latest building science technology enables you to provide clients with a more comfortable, safe, durable and energy efficient home. For more information call Steve Leone at 914-606-6658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This course teaches contractors how to use building science technology to analyze and resolve residential energy efficiency issues in preparation for the Building Performance Institute’s Building Analyst written and field exams.
This course covers advanced building envelope diagnostic, evaluation and repair skills in
preparation for the Building Performance Institute’s Envelope Professional written and field exams.