welcome to farm school mia, where you will learn urban sustainable agriculture hands on from experienced farmers, gardeners and practitioners in productive landscapes of varying scales throughout South Florida.

what we do

farm school is designed to grow the next crop of regenerative (beyond sustainable) urban farmers who will learn to grow food at every scale (backyard to commercial) essentially enabling our local food system throughout South Florida.

why we do it

Vibrant urban areas across the country are embracing food production as a way to create community food security and resilience. People of all walks of life are transforming urban landscapes, from the suburbs to the urban core by integrating food production. The challenge is that farming is a knowledge and skill intensive vocation.

a peek into our courses…

farm school mia is designed to address this challenge with three dynamic courses:

module 1

building the small farm, is the foundational course, where students learn to start a farm

about the greater everglades foodshed; ecology; botany;
permaculture; whole farm design; site assessment & planning; designing for yield; Crop planning for market; the nursery; propagation; growing living soil; water harvesting/irrigation; designing for resiliency: working with pests, weed & disease; harvesting & farm record-keeping; post harvest handling & pricing; connecting with farmers’ markets, restaurants, and food hubs

module 2

diversifying the small farm, teaches students to bring in various value-added enterprises into their farm business

completing the whole farm ecosystem; small-scale poultry; vermiculture; beekeeping; aquaponics; cultivating mushrooms; preserving the harvest (intro); pickling and fermentation; dehydrating and baking; Jams, jellies, sauces and salsas; herbals, medicinals & elixir making; seed production; farmtrepreneurship

module 3

perennials & permaculture design, where students learn to incorporate perennial food systems into their farms

permaculture principles & design in practice; Integrating perennial polycultures; edible forest garden design intensive; special techniques: biochar, hugelkultur, fruit trees & grafting, small-scale grazing, and more; designing for resiliency: climate variability (tropical storms, cold weather, extended droughts); running a csa (community supported agriculture) distribution program

how it works

convenient schedule

at the farm school, we recognize that participants have busy lives, so we organized the learning into convenient 12-week semesters (8 weeks during the summer)… each week, participants receive classroom-based instruction (weekday evenings) as well as hands-on skills-based learning (weekends)… by the end of each course, they are ready to launch or expand their farm business

who is it for?

farm school mia is for anyone wanting to learn how to grow food beyond what’s needed for their household. Whether you are seeking to grow food beyond what’s needed for their household. Whether you are seeking an alternative career, looking to create right livelihood, needing to bring food production into your current work, or wanting to launch or grow a regenerative business… this could be your way forward.

each term includes over 84 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on learning… the tuition is $1,500 per term.

— register will open in may for the fall 2017 semester —