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Learning Horticulture at Arturo Velasquez Institute

Learning Horticulture at Arturo Velasquez Institute

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The Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship program annually enrolls 15 to 20 students in a nine-month classroom and hands-on certificate course in sustainable urban agriculture that is accredited by the Illinois Community College Board for 31 continuing education credits. The certificate includes a 14-week paid internship at Windy City Harvest (WCH) farms or partnering urban-farming operations. The program is offered in collaboration with the City Colleges of Chicago’s Daley College satellite campus, Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western Avenue, on the city’s near west side. It attracts a diverse group of students: career changers, young adults with a history of incarceration, and those with significant barriers to employment. Apprenticeship students, who attend the program from early February through mid-October, are in charge of plant propagation for all WCH urban farm sites, as well as running the farm operations at Arturo Velasquez Institute. Students also work at the Rodeo and Legends Farms throughout the spring and fall semester.

“Windy City Harvest just focuses on getting the job done. We have incredibly dedicated staff, great funding and business partners, and a wonderful ally in Daley College/Arturo Velasquez Institute. Sometimes I am amazed that we have been able to accomplish so many of our original goals. Then I remember that this work is like a magnet for people who are committed to positive change in the world. And if you did not start out that way, you are quickly converted when you start working with Windy City Harvest!”

— Angela Mason, associate vice president, urban agriculture/Windy City Harvest

To find out more about the program, read "Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship" on Chicago Botanic Garden website.

Urban Agriculture in Chicago Botanic Garden

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Urban Agriculture in Chicago Botanic Garden 

Career Information in Horticulture


Occupational Outlook Handbook
(U.S. Department of Labor)


What is a Horticulturalist?  Or How to Become a Horticulralist? 
 (Environmental Science.Org)

While many of us may think of horticulturalists as people working in garden centers, horticulture is actually quite broad, with a wide range of potential career paths. Several of these career paths are environment-focused.

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