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KNOX Urban Farming Program

This 3-Level Program gives both in-class and hands-on training to those interested in the power of urban farming and the possibilities it gives.  Whether growing to build a food-based business, or interest in expanding the availability of local, fresh produce for the people of Hartford, our Farmers are learning a wide array of growing techniques, utilizing multiple tools to enhance harvest and gaining valuable experience that propels them towards their personal goals.

Level 1 teaches growing in traditional ways as well as using hydroponic systems and runs from March through October.

Level 2 gives support and training as members begin their own business – whether as a side-hustle or to become a full-time career.  The training is business-based and provides individualized assistance for a successful farm-based business.

Level 3 provides each member with support as needed for new entrepreneurs to further define their personal goals.

Program participants are growing food to meet their business needs, developing necessary partnerships with local farmer’s markets, connecting with local partners to assist in  improving and upscaling their production. KNOX provides these farmers with access to land, infrastructure, equipment, and one-on-one support during the first few years of farm business start-up.

Urban farm plots are located alongside KNOX’s Demonstration Farm, allowing staff to keep an eye on these fledgling farms and to be present for time sensitive questions and consultations.

 

 

One of the main challenges faced by the local food movement is to include culturally diverse, urban, and low-income communities. By empowering farmers in the city of Hartford and providing them the proper avenues to become urban farmers, KNOX will be able to set an example for best practices.

KNOX aims to repair broken links in the local food system, the agricultural economy, and ultimately, the accessibility of affordable, local, produce in Hartford. Our farmers hail from agrarian societies all over the world and aim to grow specialty crops specific to their culture. This also means that the farmers already hold most of the agricultural knowledge required. The urban farming program is helping these farmers gain access to professional classes and courses to train them further in areas that support personal farm-based business goals.

For more info, Contact:
Chris Goodwin, Horticulturalist
(860) 951-7694 x118
christopherg@knoxhartford.org