2018-2019 Programming

Growers Academy

The Urban Farming Institute offers classes for all ages! From basic seed starting to advance hydroponics & aquaponics!

Homeschool Programming (School Age Students) – Enrolling Now for Spring

We offer weekly classes for 3rd grade and up. Our innovative classes meet the Florida Sunshine Standards and are STEAM based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) and are offered to homeschool students.

Students have the opportunity to experience a unique learning environment full of wonder and excitement found only in our Field Station. Our facility is located 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 10 weeks with 30 hours of instruction.

Hydroponics (Teens & Adults) – Starting in January

Hydroponic growing in the tropics. This is an outdoor class with lots of hands-on activities. We’ll work on starting seeds, growth characteristics, planting strategies, care, and feeding during the grow and flower phase, harvest, and post-harvest practices.

Regenerative Gardening (Teens & Adults) – Starting in January

Regenerative Gardening in the Tropics returns this January to the Urban Farming Institute of Oakland Park!

Rich discussions and hands-on activities will shed light on the principles of permaculture, regenerative landscape design, sustainable soil building, integrated pest management, composting, vermicomposting (with worms!), amending the waste stream, simple and effective plant propagation, creating your own seed bank, and how to transform your backyard into a beautiful and productive food forest system.

Kid’s Garden Fridays! (Pre-School) – Starting in January

Kid’s Fridays on the Farm is created for parents, grandparents, and caretakers in our community who want to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather in the tropics while learning, growing, and connecting with nature and neighbors.

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Homeschool Programs

 Aquaponics Field Trips Urban Farming Institute

Fall & Spring Dates Available

Kids in the Garden, 101

Program Fee: $149.00 ($139.00 Sibling)
Grades 3 – 5, Beginner (Ages 8-10)

Kids in the Garden, 201

Program Fee: $149.00 ($139.00 Sibling)
Grades 3 – 5, Intermediate

Gardens for Life, 301

Program Fee: $159.00 ($169.00 Sibling)
Grades 6 – 8, Advanced/Middle School

Enrollment is limited to 16 students in each class.

Join the Class Today!

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.

Pre-School Programs

Kids Garden Fridays at Urban Farming Institute

Kid’s Garden Fridays!

Fridays in January

10 – 11:30 AM

Located in our new Agroecology Outdoor Classroom, we’ll spend time outdoors learning how to grow food, create soil, and reduce your environmental footprint while discovering a sense of belonging and community in your home in the tropics.

10-10:15 – Arrival / Social Time
10:15-10:30 – Stretching / Mindfulness
10:30-10:45 – Education in the Passionvine Dome
10:45-11:00 – Garden Time
11:00-11:15 – Games / Stories
11:15 – 11:30 – Closing Sharing Circle

Parents are welcome to bring snacks and lunch to enjoy after class on the picnic tables in the shade of our pine tree. Homegrown garden vegetables will be shared and enjoyed on harvest days!

Classes begin on Friday, January 4th and are offered at $9 per student grower.

Regenerative Gardening

Regenerative Gardening Urban Farming Institute

Saturdays in January

9 – 11 AM

1/5: Foundations of Permaculture
1/12: Whole Systems Design
1/19: Sustainable Soil Building
1/26: The Food Forest Garden

Graduates are certified through the Urban Farming Institute as Tropical Regenerative Gardeners with the ability to create abundant and sustainable backyard landscapes while reducing their environmental footprint.

The four-week course is valued at $129 for a total of 12 hours of education – 8 hours of interactive classroom time and 4 hours of home study and practice.


Hydroponic Garden at the Urban Farming Institute's Community Gardens.

Hydroponics 101


Sundays in January

9 – 11 AM

1/6: Foundations of Hydroponics
1/13: System Build & Care
1/20: Seed Starting, Feeding & Harvest

Hydroponic growing in the tropics. This is an outdoor class with lots of hands-on activities. We’ll work on starting seeds, growth characteristics, planting strategies, care, and feeding during the grow and flower phase, harvest, and post-harvest practices.

Three consecutive weekend classes, $129.00

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

Hydroponics & Gardening Registration

Pre-School Classes

Homeschool Classes

Homeschool Class Descriptions

Homeschool Programs, Continued

Kids in the Garden, 101

An introductory, hands -on classroom experience for grades 3-5 (ages 8 – 10) offered at the 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.

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 (freshwater) 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.

*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.

*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.

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.