Down to Earth Education Programs
Growing Power ROTC
As part of the Women’s Environmental Institute’s food, farm, and environment justice mission, we have joined forces with Growing Power, becoming a Growing Power “Regional Outreach Training Center” for Minnesota and the surrounding region. WEI is working with Growing Power through annual training weekends and much more to bring urban and rural farming together, especially to save the small family farm in connection with urban farming. The goal is to build healthy sustainable farm communities locally, regionally and nationally by growing more farmers and the systems needed.
Down to Earth
In 2015 WEI celebrates the aggregation of our classes, workshops and trainings under the name of a new school — DOWN TO EARTH: ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION. While WEI has been active in offering educational opportunities for the past eleven years, this second decade marks the beginning of a new educational enterprise. WEI’s new school provides an affordable and accessible interdisciplinary education taught by qualified teachers from different walks of life: farmers, artists, writers, therapists, folk school artisans, chefs, activists, thinkers and professors representing diverse social and ethnic communities.
Folk Art School
Starting in 2015-2016, WEI will pilot a small offering folk school classes that promote sustainable living practices and skill building. These are practical skill building classes that include some of the lost skills of homemaking, cooking, canning, crafts and simple construction and energy efficiency projects. Integral to this project are story telling and writing offered in various ways in every class. See calendar for upcoming classes.
Organic Farm School
Since 2006, WEI has offered in the Twin Cities a unique ten-week educational summer program composed of lectures, related readings, hands-on workshops and field trips. The series focuses on a wide variety of topics framing sustainable organic agriculture, food justice and the new food revolution, relevant to a larger understanding of sustainable agriculture, food justice and local and global food and farming politics. The lecture series has been variously located, starting in 2006 in the basement of Amazon Bookstore in Minneapolis, moving subsequent years to Open Book, Phillips Cultural Community Center, and most recently to Birchwood Café.
Workshops and trainings for beginning and more advanced organic farmers, including farmer-to-farmer peer advising groups. 2016 Classes to be announced soon!
Organic Farming 101
Register today for WEI’s Organic Farming 101 course! After a successful class from last year, WEI will again offer Organic Farming 101 for seriously beginning organic farmers or growers looking for a nuts-and-bolts refresher course to get in shape for the coming season. Learn the How-To for full scale organic farming along with the science that explains it. Plan your farm season intentionally with forethought and mindfully for the unexpected. This intensive course will begin in February and help you get started in time for the 2016 season.
Classes and tours for youth at the WEI Farm Campus. Watch for a 2-Day Youth Farm Camp coming in the spring of 2016.