Urban Farming

Course CodeBAG229
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Learn Urban Farming

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope & Nature of Urban Farming
    • Why this matters
    • What is Urban Farming
    • Who is an urban farmer?
    • Motivating Concerns: Environmental, Food Security and Waste, Sustainability,
    • Motivating Benefits: Profitability, Nutrition and Opportunities
    • Urban Farm Concepts
    • Further Factors in Concept Planning (Organics and Security)
    • Diversification of Urban Farming
    • Example 1 Plant and Animal Tissue Culture
    • Example 2 Urban Foraging
  2. What and Where to Farm
    • Choose wisely
    • What to Farm?
    • Geographic location
    • Local climate
    • Available space
    • Infrastructure Access
    • Community/Social Demographics
    • Restrictions on What Can be Farmed
    • Permits/Licences
    • Farming Animals
    • Farming Plants
    • Time to Harvest
    • Where to Farm?
    • Evaluating Sites
    • Indoor Sites: Factories, Warehouses, Greenhouses, Vacant Buildings
    • Outdoor Site: Rooftops, Parks, Community Gardens, Urban Land
    • Space Considerations
  3. Urban Farming Technologies
    • Urban Farm Technologies
    • Protected Environments
    • Growth Cabinets
    • Cloches, Greenhouses and Florida Rooms
    • Hydroponics
    • Aquaponics
    • Aquaculture
    • Vertical Farming
    • Multi-storey Farming
    • Diversified Production Systems
    • Single Product Production Systems
    • Emerging Technologies
    • IoT, Automation, AI, Robotics, Blockchain, Nanotech
  4. Starting Up and Managing an Urban Farm
    • Introduction
    • Initial Considerations
    • Assessing Risks
    • Potential Risks
    • Legal Considerations
    • Safe Waste Disposal
    • Forecasting and Preparation
    • Analysing Costs and Benefits
    • Acquisitions and Launching
    • Acquire the Site
    • Property Setup and Staff Training
    • Launching the Business
    • Growing the Business
  5. Animal Farming Systems
    • Changing Farms
    • Intensive Animal Farming
    • Challenges of Urban Farming
    • The Physical Environment
    • Ethics
    • Services and Resources Access
    • Biosecurity and Health
    • Security of Animals
    • Animal Production Systems
    • Free Range, High Density and Bottomless Pens
    • How to Increase Productivity
    • Pasture Intensification, Livestock Selection, Animal Feed
    • Choosing High Value Farm Activities
    • Integration of Urban Farming into Town Planning
    • Case Studies: Aquaculture, Poultry and Dairy Farms
  6. Plant Farming Systems
    • Introduction to Plant Farming
    • Challenges of Urban Plant Farming
    • The Physical Environment
    • Services and Resources Access
    • Biosecurity & Health
    • In-Ground Growing
    • Containers
    • Soil Improvement
    • Roof-top Growing Systems
    • Adaptations for Indoor Systems
    • Vertical Growing Systems
    • Soil-less Crop Production Systems
    • Vertical Farming
    • Aeroponics
    • Propagation Techniques
    • Harvesting Techniques
    • How to Increase Productivity
    • Storage of Produce Pre-market
  7. Value Adding
    • Model of Business for Viability
    • Retail Services
    • Selling to Restaurants
    • Growing More in Small Spaces
    • Farmers Markets
    • Farm Tourism & Education Services
    • Marketing at Events
    • Volunteers, Grants and Skills Training
    • Preserving & Processing Produce
    • Producing Animal Feed
    • Manufacturing Produce and Other Goods
  8. Project (PBL)– Planning an Urban Farm
    • Plan establishment or ongoing improved operation of an urban farm.

Aims

  • Discuss what urban farming is and types of urban farmer.
  • Determine the options and requirements for viable urban farming.
  • Distinguish technologies used to grow plants or animals in urban farming.
  • Examine the processes undertaken when establishing an urban farming initiative.
  • Describe general operations of different animal farming systems.
  • Describe general operations of different plant farming systems.
  • Develop added value to increase the economic viability of an urban farm.
  • Plan for the establishment or ongoing improved operation of an urban farm.




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