At Young Urban Farmers, we love sharing our knowledge, passion, and experience on all things related to urban farming through various workshops and events. Over the past several years, we’ve worked with large and small groups including local gardening clubs, elementary/high schools, college/university courses, environmental groups, corporate lunch and learns, regional/national conferences, food festivals, seed exchanges, and more to bring our love of urban farming to as many people as possible. We’re happy to talk to you about your upcoming events, conferences, workshops, lectures, or special event.
Below are a few examples of some workshops we’ve led in the past.
Participants will learn the basics when it comes to setting up and managing a backyard outdoor composter or indoor worm compost system. At the end of the session, participants will understand the differences between aerobic and anaerobic composting, balancing carbon-rich (brown) and nitrogen rich (green) materials, and how to build a low-cost setup with easily accessible materials. Common troubleshooting tips, composting best practices, and differences between other composting styles are also addressed. A copy of our e-book “Worm Composting – A Practical Guide by Young Urban Farmers” can also be arranged for participants.
Participants will learn how to select the appropriate seeds for their garden, understand the differences between heirloom, hybrid, and GMO seeds, what varieties to direct seed or start in advance, when to start seeds, creating or purchasing the right soil mix, choosing supplementary lighting, and troubleshooting common seed starting challenges. Participants will learn how to create a seed-starting calendar, how to read various seed catalogs, and why they should start their own seeds. Take home seed packets and hands on planting of various seeds can also be arranged at an additional cost.
Participants will learn how to grow delicious edibles all year round with season extension techniques. As part of the workshop, participants will create their own cold frame using materials locally-available, from found materials, and from commercial designs. Season extension logistics, timing of the extension crops, and weather considerations will be covered in this workshop. Perfect for community gardens, gardening groups, and school groups as participants can learn and build hoop houses, and row tunnels to install directly into their garden.
This introductory lecture provides an overview of the current trends in urban agriculture both in the GTA and internationally. Various gardening methods including vegetable gardens, forest gardens, urban foraging, bee keeping, and livestock will be covered. Many photos and real world examples both locally and internationally will round out the conversation. Depending on time, maximizing yields, companion planting, controlling pests and insects, soil health, and our list of top 10 easy to grow plants provide practical tips and encouragement for participants to get growing after the workshop.
This talk covers the basics of growing edible plants including fruit, vegetables, and herbs in an urban environment. There are many unique challenges and opportunities urban gardens provide, and this lecture will cover some of the differences when growing with in-ground gardens, raised beds, container gardens and vertical gardens. Discussions on other types of urban farming including hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics, urban beekeeping, mushroom growing, foraging, can also be covered along with urban beekeeping, mushroom growing, raising chickens, foraging and the international urban farming projects happening in other cities around the world.
This hands delves into the world of natural pest control. Starting from the basics, it will cover cultural, physical, and biological controls, and then move into a discussion on organic sprays and remedies that can be purchased commercially or made at home with common household ingredients. Pests come in a variety of forms including insects, animals, and diseases. A discussion of these pests, their natural habitats, characteristics and feeding patterns will also be discussed to give participants a better understanding of the role different organisms play in the garden and how different pests can serve as early warning signals to soil nutrition, nutrient deficiencies, and environmental circumstances in the environment.
For each workshop and presentation, we like to work with you to understand the needs and preferences of your group as well as the experience level of the participants and attendees. From introductory presentations on general urban farming topics to more advanced hands-on workshops, we want to make sure your students, employees, participants or attendees leave each session more informed, more aware of the issues, and inspired to take action.
Speaking and presentation rates vary depending on topic, presentation length, group size, timing, and materials. Some are at low or no cost for community groups and non profits. Please contact us for rates and availability.
Please connect with us for workshop inquiries, more information, details, and special requests. We’d love to hear from you.