Urban Homesteading Certificate Course


The goal of this workshop series is to provide an introduction to the art of self-sufficiency via home-grown food production for people living in an urban environment.

We will hold classes twice a month, March through October with a celebration potluck at the end of October.  Participants will rotate through several mini-workshops and participate in guided discussions about topics related to each month’s theme.

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Course dates:

March 4 and 18, April 1 and 15, May 6 and 20, June 3 and 17, July 1 and 15, August 5 and 19 (Tour Date – Aug. 31), September TBD (canning month), October 7 and 21, October 28 – Potluck

Workshop Topics:

Session 1: Goal Setting & Landscape Design*

Session 1: Seed Starting*

Session 2: Vegetable Gardening*

Session 3: Soil, Compost & Nutrient Management*

Session 4: Backyard Bees

Session 5: IPM Pest & Disease Management*

Session 6: Water Conservation w. Rain Barrel Option*

Session 7: Backyard Chickens

Session 7: Urban Farm Tour

Session 8: Food Preservation*

Session 9: Perennial Crops*

Potluck Dinner Program Celebration*

Urban Homesteading Certificate

Those attending will be eligible to achieve an urban homesteader certificate. Participants who meet the requirements listed below will be Certified Urban Homesteaders:

  • Participants must attend 9 of 17 classes including the 7 classes denoted with an asterisk* in the description. Option: Participants may choose between the Backyard Bees OR Chickens class.
  • Complete site plan and personal goals.
  • Complete both program evaluations.

Instructors for this workshop series are representatives from Jefferson County Extension Services, Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District and other local experts. It is being hosted at Louisville Grows: Healthy House office in the historic Portland neighborhood of Louisville, KY. The entire series is offered at a discounted rate of $100 through January 15, 2019. Registration after January 15th is $150. Class sizes are limited to 25 participants. Financial assistance is available to those in need. Please complete the form located at https://tinyurl.com/UH2019App and email it to programs@louisvillegrows.org or drop it off or mail to the Healthy House, 1641 Portland Avenue , 40203 by December 31. For questions about financial assistance please call Lisa Dettlinger at (502) 791-0966 ext. 5.