Urban Agriculture

Practicing sustainable agriculture in an urban area can be a powerful tool in supporting the health of social, economic, ecological and environmental systems. Through this series of classes Urban Adamah fellows learn ways to grow, process, and distribute food within a whole-systems framework. This curriculum is designed to give fellows a foundation of knowledge and skills on a range of topics fundamental to starting and running a farm in an urban context. 

We will explore three questions:

How does one sustainably grow food in an urban setting?

Fellows learn the science, skills, and techniques for successfully growing organic food in the Bay Area and in an urban setting. Classes introduce fellows to a range of farming methods and design techniques, as well as methodologies for assessing and planning for the needs and yields of a particular climate and place. These classes also give fellows a taste of various animal husbandry practices, as well as alternative farming techniques. Fellows are trained through both formal/frontal and hands-on classes and take increasing responsibility for managing the farm as the fellowship season progresses.

How does one understand food injustice within larger social, economic, racial and political contexts and movements?

Fellows learn the issues affecting access to fresh food in the East Bay and explore the social, political, and economic implications of the disparities that exist.

How can we build self-sufficiency in ourselves and in our communities?

Fellows learn essential skills for creating farm-based products to support the medicinal, nutritional, and functional needs of our communities. These classes could include hands-on workshops in a variety of topics such as cheese making, herbal medicine, fermenting, bread making, or canning. We explore these skills as they relate to ideas of sovereignty, anti-consumerism, community-building and empowerment, and resource-sharing.

Urban Agriculture Curriculum

Starting with Soil:
Soil Science 101

Plant Propagation:
Seed-Starting & Asexual Propagation Methods

Compost:
Closing the Loop

Crop Plant ID & Taxonomy: 
Exploring Family Relationships

Animal Husbandry:
Anatomy, Needs, Behaviors, & Ethics

Integrated Pest Management:
The Farm as an Ecological System

The Wonderful World of Bees:
Bee Keeping 101

Herbal Medicine

Dairy Homesteading:
Small-Scale Cheese & Yogurt-Making

Introduction to Permaculture:
Rooting Ourselves in Place

Aquaponics:
An Introduction

The History of Food Injustice in the East Bay

Challah Bake

Complementary Classes Sometimes Offered During the Fellowship:

Tool Safety and Self-Care on the Sadeh

Method behind the Madness: Crop Planning for Greater Yields

Fermentation and Pickling: Gettin’ Funky with Lactobacilli

The Alchemy of Wood Fired Bread Baking

Seed-Saving