Urban Homesteading Certificate Course

The Eat Local, Grow Local Series: Urban Homesteading Workshop is a 10 month long course designed to provide an introduction to the art of self-sufficiency via home-grown food production for people living in an urban environment. 

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. Classes are conducted twice a month with a celebration potluck at the end of the course.  Participants will rotate through several mini-workshops and participate in guided discussions about topics related to each month’s theme.

Class sizes are limited to 20 participants. Financial assistance is available to those in need. To have your name added to the 2021 course waiting list or for questions about financial assistance please call Lisa Dettlinger programs@louisvillegrows.org or (502) 905-4342.

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Workshop Topics

Session 1


Goal Setting & Landscape Design*
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
Urban Farm Tour

Session 8


Food Preservation*

Session 9


Perennial Crops*

Session 10


Certificate Presentation & Potluck

Urban Homesteading Certificate

Urban Homesteader Certificate: participants who meet the requirements listed below will become “Certified Urban Homesteaders”.

  • Must attend 15 of 19 classes
  • Turn in Site plans
  • Take a soil Sample
  • Send monthly photo of garden
  • Complete pre and post program evaluations

The Urban Homesteading Course is a partnership between Jefferson County Cooperative Extension and Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District. Instructors for this workshop series are representatives from these organizations and other local experts. It is being hosted at Louisville Grows at Healthy House in the historic Portland neighborhood of Louisville, KY.

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