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Intro to Urban Commercial Agriculture

December 1, 2019 @ 12:00 am


ECO City Farms’ Beginner Farmer Training Program
Over the past 10 years, ECO City Farms has successfully trained and mentored hundreds of aspiring and beginning farmers in the practice of sustainable urban agriculture. In January 2020, we will begin training 15 future farmers in our cost-free 10-month program, which includes three months of weekly classroom training and a seven-month, intense hands-on apprenticeship at our farms in Edmonston and Bladensburg. All are welcome to apply. We are especially eager to receive applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups in commercial agriculture and farming. Application deadline is December 01, 2019

ECO City Farms
Office: 6010 Taylor Road, Riverdale, MD 20737
Applications at:

ECO City Farms Beginning Farmer Training Program Growing Urban Farmers and Farms 2020

ECO City Farms is a nonprofit urban teaching and learning farm in Prince George’s County that grows great food, farms and farmers in ways that protect, restore and sustain the natural environment and the health of local communities. We partner with Prince George’s Community College’s (PGCC) Center for Entrepreneurial Development and Prince George’s Soil Conservation District to offer a dynamic beginning farmer training program to new and aspiring urban farmers in the Washington DC metro area.

Our Growing Urban Farmers and Farms Program is a 10-month cost-free program, which
includes three months of weekly classroom training. Classes meet each week for 3 hours. Upon completion, all trainees receive a Certificate of Urban Commercial Agriculture as well as continuing education credits from PGCC. An intense seven-month hands-on apprenticeship follows the classroom training. Full participation in all aspects of the program is required of all trainees. In addition to extensive farm training, the program will support you in developing a farm business plan to meet your personal financial goals and will assist you in securing land to launch your own urban farm.

Classes begin on January 15, 2020. Trainees will attend classroom training every Wednesday evening from 6-9 pm through March 11. Trainees also meet alternating Saturdays from 9 am- 1 pm. On March 20th, trainees begin their apprenticeships where they spend 8 to 10 hours a week at one of our farms. Finally, trainees are required to attend a Wednesday evening demonstration every month from March to October.

Trainees in our Growing Urban Farmers and Farms Program will grow food at ECO City
Farms in Edmonston and Bladensburg. In the winter, classroom training will be held at the PGCC campus in Hyattsville. In the spring and summer, we offer trainings at the Farms and, occasionally, at the Soil Conservation District in Upper Marlboro.

Everyone needs to know what’s in the food their families eat and how it’s grown. As farmer/poet Wendell Berry says: To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd. ECO’s goal is to ensure sustainably and locally produced healthy food for all. ECO is funded by the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program to train local farmers and proliferate urban farms.

Email us at: and/or
Call us at: 301-288-1125
You may also fill out the Program Application at:


December 1, 2019
12:00 am