Community Enrichment

Top 10 Reasons to Start Your Own Small-Scale Farm

January 8th, 2016 by kecrowe745

Farmer plantingAre you a backyard homesteader with an entrepreneurial spirit? Learn how to plan, design, and modify your garden landscape (no matter what size) to become more self-reliant through home food production.

The Continuing Education division is offering a course to help beginning growers understand effective farming methods and what is required to produce healthy produce using sustainable inputs.

Register today so that you can take your first step in enjoying the following benefits of starting your own small-scale farm:

  1. Eat delicious food: fresh, whole foods harvested hours before a meal are simply better tasting and higher quality.
  2. Save money, make money: many home scale growers reduce grocery bills and some even generate income by selling directly to community.
  3. Improve health: eat local, fresh food that’s free from harmful chemicals. In 1952, health care costs made up just 5% of Americans’ annual spending, but as of 2012 that percentage is upwards of 20%. During the same time, expenditures as a percentage of an American’s annual spending on food dropped from 29% in 1952 to 14% today – meaning we have cheaper food today and are paying for it with increased medical costs (housing, transportation, and other sectors have largely remained the same in their cost).
  4. Share with friends, family and neighbors: growing food often generates abundance that can be shared to help nourish loved ones.
  5. Reduce carbon footprint: salad greens from the window box travel fewer miles than greens from California and use fewer chemical inputs.
  6. Work more from home: folks who work from home can easily include growing food into their day while generating benefits like exercise and income.
  7. New farmers are needed: for every six farmers over age 65, there is only one under age 35.
  8. Self-reliance: people will be impressed that you grow your own eggs or make your own soap, and you spend less at the store while gaining confidence in your ability to grow, create, and produce.
  9. Connect with and learn about nature: unlike classroom instruction, being outside in the garden is filled with experiences that allow better understanding of both our humanity and local ecology.
  10. Traditional and innovative cooking skills: impress friends and never go hungry again by sharing old and new recipes alike while honing your skills using fresh produce – not from a can – and carrying on the heritage of home-cooked meals.

REGISTER TODAY!

Class: Agriculture – Sm Scale Farming
Dates: March 3 – May 12, 2016
Times: Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Wilmington Campus
Cost: $130

About the Instructor:

Matt Collogan graduated from UNCW with a degree in Environmental Studies and then enjoyed 9 years with NHC Parks Department at Airlie Gardens as an environmental educator. Currently farming in his own backyard with chickens, mushrooms, vegetables, compost, and transplants, Matt is also part of the Centripetal Farms business team, now leasing 15-acres from New Hanover County to create a farm-to-school facility on Castle Hayne Road partnering with Wrightsboro ES. Matt also serves on the Board of Directors for the Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market and co-chairs the Food Security Sub-Committee of the Blue Ribbon Commission’s Health and Wellness Committee for the Youth Enrichment Zone in Wilmington, NC. He is a member of both the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and National Farmers Union.