This summer, fifteen students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences came to Wright College to attend a six-week urban agriculture class entitled “Ecology Entrepreneurship.” The class was led by professor emeritus, Dr. Victoria Cooper, of Wright’s Environmental Technology Department and was intended to help students learn about the changing public interest in agricultural quality, safety, and security.
Weekly topics included good food entrepreneurship, the challenge of urban agriculture, and the good food movement. Students also made class visits to the Good Foods Accelerator and 1871, Chicago’s Technology and Entrepreneurship Center. They also heard a guest lecture from the founder of Metropolis Coffee, which specializes in fair trade coffee. This was the 14th summer that students from CHSAS came to Wright to learn about agriculture and current topics in environmental technology.
Wright Satellite Campus Now Offering Urban Agriculture Classes
Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center has now enrolled their first urban agriculture class. The class has previously run four times at the main campus and has now enrolled its first students from the Humboldt Park community. The program is being coordinated with Moos Public School, a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Elementary School just north of HPVEC, which has over 100 students in their gardening club. Moos also has a very active parents’ gardening club. The class is being co-taught by Professors Koch Unni and Margarita Poromanska, both having prior botany teaching experience at several Chicago area colleges, as well as Garfield Park Conservatory.