All new programs for the 2017-2018 School Year

The Junior Growers Academy has grown up!

The Urban Farming Institute (UFI), Junior Growers Academy has grown into the Growers Academy and is now offering classes from 3rd through 8th grade.  These innovative classes meet the Florida Sunshine Standards and are STEAM based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) and are now offered to home school students.

Students have the opportunity to experience a unique learning environment full of wonder and excitement found only in our Field Stations. Our facilities are located at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek and at the UFI main campus in Oakland Park.

The Growers Academy offers a distinctive program, in an outdoor setting, taught by educational professionals in the areas of biology, food science, nutrition, and exercise.  Each class will be taught over 13 weeks with 39 hours of instruction.

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Urban Farming Institute
Broward County and Urban Farming Institute
Oakland Park and Urban Farming Institute


Kids in the Garden, 101: Located at Oakland Park and Tradewinds Park

Program Fee: $169.00 ($149.00 Sibling)
Grades 3 – 5, Beginner (Ages 8-10)

Fall Dates:
Oakland Park: Tuesdays, Sept 5 – Dec 12, 9am-Noon
Tradewinds: Wednesdays, Sept 6 – Dec 13, 9am-Noon

Spring Dates:
Oakland Park: Tuesdays, Jan 9 – Apr 10, 9am-Noon
Tradewinds: Wednesdays, Jan 10 – Apr 11, 9am-Noon

Kids in the Garden, 201: Located at Tradewinds Park

Program Fee: $179.00 ($159.00 Sibling)
Grades 3 – 5, Intermediate
Fall Dates:
Thursdays, Sept 7 – Dec 14, 9am-Noon

Spring Dates:
Thursdays, Jan 11 – Apr 12, 9am-Noon

Gardens for Life, 301: Located at Oakland Park

Program Fee: $199.00 ($179.00 Sibling)
Grades 6 – 8, Advanced/Middle School

Fall Dates:
Mondays, Sept 11 – Dec 11, 9am-Noon

Spring Dates:
Mondays, Jan 8 – Apr 9, 9am-Noon

Included in all courses: All class guides, journals, handouts and take home samples of food produced during the program. All programs are structured to be drop-off programs but parents are invited and encouraged to attend and participate in the class.

Payment Methods Available: Credit Cards, Checks and Cash are all accepted. PayPal “Three Pay” option is also available.

Enrollment is limited to 16 students in each class. Join the Class Today!

Spring/Fall 2017 Programs

Class Descriptions

Kids in the Garden, 101

An introductory, hands -on classroom experience for grades 3-5 (ages 8 – 10) offered at the UFI Field Station located in Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek and UFI Field Station, Oakland Park. Developing an appreciation for gardening, the skills to garden successfully, and the overall enjoyment of growing your own food is the primary goal of this program. These skills, developed at an early age, provide a lifetime of enjoyment along with critical knowledge for the future. Not only will students learn how to grow plants and food successfully at home, but they will also encounter food production technology.  Our Field Station Living Lab is fully equipped for hydroponics, aquaponics and solar energy learning exploration.

Where: Wednesdays at Tradewinds Park – UFI Field Station  (north side of the park adjacent to the stables) and Tuesdays at UFI Oakland Park Field Station.


Kids in the Garden, 201

This program is designed for participants who have successfully completed Kids in the Garden 101 or students who are already familiar with basic gardening techniques, grades 3-5. In this class students will take a deeper and more comprehensive journey into growing and food production, where their food comes from and how that food is produced and processed.

Gardening will be used as a platform for the discovery of the processes of science. Students will be engaged in a hands on learning environment utilizing research grade tools and lab equipment.  A deeper understanding and appreciation of the future of food production will be discovered through the hydroponics demonstration garden where students will construct a hydroponic growing system.  The aquaponics lab is used as a tool to engage students in the building of an aquatic (fresh water) ecosystem and the use of solar energy to power the growing systems.

Students will not only experience growing food, using the many techniques offered at the UFI Field Station, but also food harvesting, post harvest management, and preparation of the products grown.

Where: Thursdays at Tradewinds Park, UFI Field Station

*Completion of Kids in the Garden part 1 suggested.  Gardening  experience very helpful. Intermediate / Advanced level elementary program.


Gardens for Life, 301

A completely new science-based gardening program designed for middle school students in grades 6-8. This program is completely hands-on with a deep exploration of food production technology found today and expected to be seen in the future.

The students will learn about both about food production technology found today and those expected to be seen in the future. The relationship of the land to the sea will also be explored using UFI tools developed for the production of saltwater macro algae as a food source. Class attendees will delve into the science of growing food and protein sources together. The source of protein will be aquatic in nature and the vegetables grown will be from a selection chosen by the students.

This program features growing technologies such as hydroponics, aquaponics (fresh water), aquaculture (salt water), apiculture (bee keeping), solar energy and more. This is a genuinely unique deep dive into gardening science and food production for the middle school student.

Where: Mondays at UFI, Oakland Park Main Campus / Field Station

*Completion of Kids in the Garden part 2 suggested. Gardening  experience very helpful. Intermediate / Advanced level middle school program.

Class Cancellations & Refunds:
UFI reserves the right to cancel a class or to modify the class schedule depending on enrollment. In the event a class is canceled any fees paid will be refunded.

Notice of Non-Discrimination & ADA Compliance:
At the Urban Farming Institute, no person shall be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of any program or activity on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed, political belief, age, national origin, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or disability.

Further, UFI does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission, access, or operations of its programs, services, activities or facilities. UFI will make accommodations to individuals with disabilities to ensure accessibility to our programs and activities.

For classes and events requested at Tradewinds Park, Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in programs, services, and activities must contact the Special Populations Section at 954-357-8170 or TTY 954-537-2844 at least five (5) business days prior to the scheduled meeting or event.

Equal Opportunity Statement:
Urban Farming Institute does not discriminate against any applicant or employee with regard to hiring, retention, promotion, benefits or compensation because of race, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, gender, age, marital status, creed, sexual orientation, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Additionally, UFI staff are expected to uphold and further this policy.