Sustainable Urban Agriculture

Urban Sustainable AgricultureIndividuals and professionals interested in producing food in an urban environment will learn both theory and practical skills supporting agricultural sustainability.

Compare and select agricultural practices that are environmentally sound, productive and provide a positive social impact on individuals and your community.

Protect your community’s land and water resources, be socially responsible, demonstrate effective citizenship and improve the quality of life and health of your community.

This program is designed for: urban residential food growers, community gardeners, co-operative associations, municipal planners, public gardens staff, environmental advocates and those interested in growing food in their community.

Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate

Certificate Courses 

The following courses can be taken individually or as part of the certificate program in any order:

Core Courses

Theory and Principles of Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Horticulture

Fundamentals of the Role of Plants in Urban Sustainability

Sustainable Urban Crop Production

Food Processing for Urban Gardeners

Elective Courses (choose one)

Ecology of Gardens and Landscapes in an Urban Environment

Agricultural Plant Selection for Urban Gardens

Business Management Principles

Certificate Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of  the certificate, you will be able to: 

  • Explore and identify the relationships of soil, water, insects, diseases and weeds in agricultural systems and select best management practices and inputs to improve soil health and produce economically and ecologically viable products
  • Compare, analyze and apply agricultural practices that are environmentally sound, productive and provide a positive social impact on individuals and the community
  • Identify the major food producing plant families commonly found in temperate zone growing areas and niche market opportunities for urban agriculture
  • Compare processing and storage options for specific fruits and vegetables and describe the key steps and limitations to can, dry and freeze foods
  • Develop a business plan with the financial knowledge and skills to launch and maintain a landscape business