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Hilltop Hanover Farm and WCC Offer Certificate Program in Farming

                               How about a Certificate in Farming?

                                   Submitted by Tom McLoughlin

It is never too late to learn about farming, whether you are considering a career in agriculture or want to start a backyard farm. A Certificate in Sustainable Vegetation Production is a great place to start. What makes this Westchester Community College program more appealing is that all the courses are offered at Hilltop Hanover Farm at 1271 Hanover Street in Yorktown Heights.

Hilltop Hanover Farm is a 187- acre farm owned by Westchester County and is operated in cooperation with the not-for-profit Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm.  The Farm is supported year-round by Lucille Munz, the Director of the Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, four full-time farmers, and the Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm headed by its President Helen Brady.  Mike Fedison, the Farm’s assistant manager, is the principal teacher of the WCC Certificate program.  Also teaching are HHF farmers Wilson Chang and Max Zanke. 

Allison Ramuno, who is finishing her WCC Certificate in Sustainable Vegetation Production this spring, sums up the program this way:“ I came to the Farm with a mild interest in sustainability and will be walking away with a deep love and understanding of our symbiotic relationship with nature. I have learned more concrete, applicable information then I could have imagined and somehow become a part of a community of like-minded, knowledgeable people in the process. … every day at the Farm has been a learning experience. My deepest thanks.”

Spring 2014 enrollment is now open! The core courses include “Sustainable Crop Production” (four Saturdays from 9:00 to 12:00 beginning on Feb. 22) and “Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Science” (four Tuesdays from 5:30-8:30 beginning on Feb. 25) The elective courses include “Agriculture Business and Marketing (three Tuesdays from 5:30-8:30, Jan. 14-28),” “Food Justice” (three Tuesdays from 5:30-8:30, Feb. 4 – 18), and “Basic Farm Maintenance” (three Saturdays, from 9:00-12:00, March 1-29, skipping 3/8 and 3/22).

ALL courses are taught at Hilltop Hanover Farm by HHF full-time farmers.

For additional descriptions, information and enrollment, go to the Westchester Community College’s website at: www.sunywcc.edu/ce or you may call the Continuing Education Office at WCC – 914-606-6830.

 

 

 

 

                                How about a Certificate in Farming?

 

                                  Submitted by Tom McLoughlin

 

It is never too late to learn about farming, whether you are considering a career in agriculture or want to start a backyard farm. A Certificate in Sustainable Vegetation Production is a great place to start. What makes this Westchester Community College program more appealing is that all the courses are offered at Hilltop Hanover Farm at 1271 Hanover Street in Yorktown Heights.

Hilltop Hanover Farm is a 187- acre farm owned by Westchester County and is operated in cooperation with the not-for-profit Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm.  The Farm is supported year-round by Lucille Munz, the Director of the Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, four full-time farmers, and the Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm headed by its President Helen Brady.  Mike Fedison, the Farm’s assistant manager, is the principal teacher of the WCC Certificate program.  Also teaching are HHF farmers Wilson Chang and Max Zanke. 

Allison Ramuno, who is finishing her WCC Certificate in Sustainable Vegetation Production this spring, sums up the program this way:“ I came to the Farm with a mild interest in sustainability and will be walking away with a deep love and understanding of our symbiotic relationship with nature. I have learned more concrete, applicable information then I could have imagined and somehow become a part of a community of like-minded, knowledgeable people in the process. … every day at the Farm has been a learning experience. My deepest thanks.”

Spring 2014 enrollment is now open! The core courses include “Sustainable Crop Production” (four Saturdays from 9:00 to 12:00 beginning on Feb. 22) and “Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Science” (four Tuesdays from 5:30-8:30 beginning on Feb. 25) The elective courses include “Agriculture Business and Marketing (three Tuesdays from 5:30-8:30, Jan. 14-28),” “Food Justice” (three Tuesdays from 5:30-8:30, Feb. 4 – 18), and “Basic Farm Maintenance” (three Saturdays, from 9:00-12:00, March 1-29, skipping 3/8 and 3/22).

ALL courses are taught at Hilltop Hanover Farm by HHF full-time farmers.

For additional descriptions, information and enrollment, go to the Westchester Community College’s website at: www.sunywcc.edu/ce or you may call the Continuing Education Office at WCC – 914-606-6830.

 

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