York University's Catherine Heinemeyer (BSc MSc) is running an urban horticulture course starting Monday 18 April. Their website describes the course content as follows.
Cities may appear to be unlikely and sometimes hostile environments for food growing, yet traditional societies have overcome equally adverse conditions (water scarcity, soil erosion, extremes of temperature). We will look for inspiration and strategies from a variety of sources: creative ‘closed-loop’ solutions from traditional agriculture; modern technological approaches; gardening philosophies and movements from conventional, to organic, to permaculture. Students will learn basic gardening principles to assess the constraints and potential of sites for growing, and use these as the basis of sustainable ‘closed-loop’ garden design. We apply these lessons also to cities in general – how the urban food cycle could become more productive by tapping the resources available. The module will make use of visits and guest speakers, and end with a project in which students investigate the potential of currently underused compostable resources in York.
Start Date: 18 April 2011
No. of weeks: 11
Full fee: £107.00
More information and Enrolment details can be found at: http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/cce/accredited/socialsoc.htm#grow
Or you can contact the Courses Administrator, Helen Briggs, using the following details:
Centre for Lifelong Learning
University of York
Tel: 01904 328473