at Tradewinds Park

September 14 – December 15, 2016 (Fall 2016)

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The Academy offers a rich, dynamic overview of food production in many forms. Each student becomes involved in this hands-on, experience based program.

The Junior Growers Academy offer 39 hours of instructional content over a period of 13 weeks. The purpose of the Urban Farming Institute is to provide a broad experience and survey of food production in many different forms.

Through this process the student becomes familiar with the latest techniques in the art of urban agriculture.

Program Design

  • Specially designed for grades 3 – 5
  • Covers all nine components of Junior Master Gardeners
  • 4H component also included
  • NEW Aquaponics (Fish and Plants Grown Together)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM)


  • Professional Gardeners and Growers
  • Master Gardeners
  • Scientists
  • Chefs
  • Nutritionists
  • other instructional professionals

Garden Components

  • Raised Bed Gardening
  • Raised “grow bag” Gardening
  • Drip Irrigation
  • Vertical Hydroponics
  • Solar Energy
  • Aquaponics
  • and more

What You’ll Learn

  • The Basics of Gardening
  • Starting Seeds
  • Garden Technology
  • Growing Food for Home and Animal Feed
  • Raising Fish and Growing Food in the Same System (New This Session)
  • Apiculture (Bee Keeping) (New This Session)
  • Life Long Skill Builder


Enrollment is Limited

Checks, cash and credit cards are accepted.


Course Title: JUNIOR GROWERS ACADEMY at Tradewinds Park
By: Urban Farming Institute
Location: Tradewinds Park & Stables, Educational Farm Complex and Field Station
Grade Level: 3–5
Students: Homeschooled
Session Length: 13 weeks
Date/Time: Wednesday 9:00am-12:00pm January 11 to April 5, 2017
Fee: $149 per Student, $99.00 per Sibling
Included: Student Garden Journal, Food grown to take home, class samples and much more.

Tradewinds Park (Entrance North of Sample Road)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Urban Farming Institute?

The Urban Farming Institute (UFI) is a 501 (c)(3) charitable institution located in Oakland Park, FL.

UFI offers a range of educational programs in partnership with the City of Oakland Park as well as developing and operating the Discovery Farm and Community Gardens, along with the Demonstration and Resource Center.

We have been working in Broward County Public Schools for many years and today provides gardens and gardening support for nearly 100 public schools.

UFI also operates a seasonal Farm Share program (FarmShare Adventure CSA) which features farm fresh produce provided by local growers and producers. Our organization provides a Farm Market (Market Warehouse and Resource Center) beginning in November and running through May.

UFI offers a range of garden related classes in concert with the Parks and Leisure Services Department of the City of Oakland Park.

What are the educational components of the Junior Growers Academy?

The Junior Growers Academy is based upon a number of well established, recognized and highly successful programs. TheJunior Gardeners Academy draws elements from the Jr. Master Gardener Program, 4H, Florida Department of Agriculture, Ag. in the Classroom including the Harvest of the Month, as well as the internationally recognized Slow Foods organization.

Who are the instructors?

The Junior Gardeners Academy has been developed to engage each student in a variety of learning experiences. Through the Academy you’ll learn from professional growers, master gardeners, energy professionals, local chefs and more.

How long is the class?

You can choose either Wednesday or Thursday for 8:30 am–11:30 am. The Academy operates for a period of 13 weeks (Fall Session) beginning in September 14th and ending in December 15th. The Winter/Spring session is for 13 weeks also. The start date is January 11, 2017 concluding on April 13, 2017.

What are the Academy fees?

Your donation to the Urban Farming Institute provides, supplies and the instructors needed to operate the program. The Fee is based on a 13 week enrollment period. The full 26 week program requires the payment for each enrollment period comprised of two 13 week periods.

Are the two sessions sequential?

Yes, the Fall Session leads the student through the objectives and learning goals for the first 13 week period. The Winter / Spring Session follows in a sequential manner. A full program is 26 weeks in duration.

How many students in each of the classes?

20–25 students for each of the cohorts. This means that you can choose either a Wednesday or Thursday morning which ever works best for your schedule. However, UFI reserves the right to adjust the session enrollment in order to fill the Wednesday session first. Fifteen students are required in each session for the class schedule to operate successfully.

Are activity or other program fees included in the Academy fee?

No, only the instructional activities are included in the Academy fee. Other charges, if any, are not included.

Why should I participate in the program?

This is a truly unique program that focuses on the production of food right in your own back yard. Here you’ll participate in hands on growing activities, see the latest in planting techniques and be able to demonstrate these skills in your own garden right at home.

Are State Standards being met in this program?

Yes, students will acquire a STEAM based experience (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Learning these skills will assist them in meeting State testing requirements.

What should I bring to class?

You’ll need to bring gloves, hat, sunscreen and a good supply of water.

What kind of soil will we be using?

The soil blend is a special organic recipe designed for successful growing in our tropical environment.

What will we be growing?

All kinds of vegetables, fruit and herbs will be grown. You’ll learn how to grow the most common products that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Can I bring home what I grow?

Yes, you’ll be able to take home a share of what is produced in the garden.

What kind of growing systems will be used?

Three systems will featured in the growing area:

  1. Raised beds are a favorite for everyone and there will be ample opportunity to experience how this approach to gardening works.
  2. A raised “grow bag” garden will show this very popular growing technique and you’ll be able to grow in this way as well.
  3. Hydroponic growing will also be part of the growing process at the garden. This tower system will be unique to the Trade Winds Garden.
Will there be Solar Power?

Yes, the hydroponic growing area will be powered by solar energy.

What are some of the topics that will be covered?
  • Plant Growth and Development
  • Soils and Water
  • Ecology and the Environmental
  • Insects and Diseases
  • Fruits and Nuts
  • Vegetables and Herbs
  • Fruits and Nuts
  • Life Skills
  • Career Exploration
How do I sign up for the program?

Click on the button below to go to the enrollment page.