2013 Growing Green Spring Urban Agriculture Training
Buffalo, New York
Friday, April 19, 2013 - Sunday, April 21, 2013
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Online registration has closed on April 12. If you would like to register for the training, please contact Rebekah Williams at Rebekah@mass-ave.org or by phone at (716) 882-5327 x6.
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Contact:Rebekah Williams
Phone:716-882-5327 x 6
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Where? At two locations in Buffalo
Saturday and Sunday workshops will be held at the Grant Street Neighborhood Center located at 271 Grant Street and at the Growing Green Urban Youth Farm located at 389 Massachusetts Avenue. The Friday evening opening reception will be held on the Buffalo State College campus. Specific venue information will be provided upon registration.
What? A weekend-long training event
The Growing Green Spring Urban Agriculture Training is hosted by staff of Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP). The training features many practical, philosophical, and experiential opportunities to learn from MAP’s success with urban, youth centered agriculture. The event will take place on Friday, April 19th through Sunday, April 21st, 2013.

Deadline to register is April 12th, 2013. SCROLL DOWN TO REGISTER.

In addition to witnessing the components of a functional urban farm first hand, such as urban fish farming, composting, and value-added food production, participants will be able to engage and observe many of the successful elements in MAP’s youth training program, Growing Green. Attending the training also means being able to hear from regional experts on food system planning and development, and network with other beginning or established urban farmers. 

The weekend workshop includes two (2) breakfasts, two (2) lunches, a cocktail reception, and these intensive, hands-on workshops:
  • Moving Local Food Policy Forward Public policy impacts all aspects of our food system. This workshop will discuss strategies for and challenges in engaging policy makers, the process of creating a Food Policy Council for Buffalo and Erie County and the lessons learned in the process. Led by Diane Picard, MAP's Executive Director
  • Farm Planning and Management An in-depth look at the management and function of our urban farm, during all four seasons. Led by Jesse Meeder, MAP's Farm Manager and Katie Pfohl, MAP's Farm and Markets Assistant
  • Aquaponics Learn the basic principles behind aquaponic fish farming, before an in-depth tour with Q&A of our own aquaponic systems. Led by Jesse Meeder, MAP's Farm Manager
  • Value Added Products MAP’s Growing Green Works value-added products, Super Duper Salsa and Amazing Chili Starter, presented an opportunity for youth to practice leadership in business development and management. A hands-on approach launched in 2006, MAP’s Youth Enterprise program was funded with a one year start-up grant as part of an income generation strategy for youth employment. Our two value-added products sell at over 20 local venues and farmers markets, and in seven Wegmans stores. This workshop will walk participants through the nuts and bolts of developing a value-added product to support the local food system: from farm to shelf. Presenters: Katie Pfohl, MAP Farm Assistant; and Margaret Wenger, Growing Green Works Youth Enterprise Educator
  • Community Gardens 101 Are you trying to start a community garden or sustain the one you belong to? This workshop will provide resources for starting and sustaining community gardens as well as strategies for engaging diverse community members and organizations to ensure success. Susannah Barton, Executive Director of Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo (www.grassrootsgardens.org), in partnership with a community garden leader (TBA) will share their experience and knowledge as facilitators of this workshop.
  • Compost and Worms Learn how to compost for the health of your farm or garden, in compost heaps and in vermicompost bins. Save money by making your own potting mix. Led by Jesse Meeder, MAP's Farm Manager
  • Urban Chickens How to raise, feed, and harvest chickens, with a special focus on doing so in an urban environment. Led by Jesse Meeder, MAP's Farm Manger
  • Youth Education and Leadership Since 2003, MAP has provided employment and direct training to hundreds of low income youth in Buffalo in the areas of organic urban agriculture, social enterprise development, community education and advocacy, food justice, environmental stewardship and food systems development. Growing Green youth have, in turn, educated thousands of community residents, school children, and policy makers about how localizing our food system will benefit people, the planet and our local economy. This workshop will share our story, some tips, and lessons learned in educating and empowering young leaders. Led by Diane Picard, MAP's Executive Director; Rebekah Williams, MAP's Youth Education Director; and Tyler Manley, MAP's Mobile Market Director
  • Farm Sales 101: Farm Stands, Mobile Markets, Restaurant Sales, and CSA Learn different strategies for selling your produce to a diverse market. Led by Tyler Manley, MAP's Mobile Market Director and Katie Pfohl, MAP's Farm and Markets Assistant

  • The training will also include a keynote presentation from Dr. Samina Raja, PhD- Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo entitled - Building Communities as if People Eat

    We will send an email to all registrants before the training with more details and so that you may indicate your workshop preferences.
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Waiver and Release
Participants must contact Rebekah Williams at 716-882-5327 ext. 6 or Rebekah@mass-ave.org, before April 12 to cancel registration and receive a refund. After April 12, 2013, we will be unable to refund the cost of registration for this event.

Please note that participation in some of the training workshops will involve hands on activities and that participants will partake in these activities at their own risk.
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