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Course Description

Support sustainable community development by producing healthy food crops. Delve into the production of specialty crops, livestock options, sustainable inputs, seed saving and permaculture. Uncover the challenges facing the sector while exploring examples of how groups and organizations around the world are creating successful projects that are changing the way society views its relationship with food and agriculture.

You will have the opportunity to design a sustainable urban agricultural or horticulture project of your choice, which will further your understanding of the theory and practices learned throughout the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the history and significance urban farming
  • Grasp the concepts of food sovereignty and security
  • Identify the challenges and opportunities for urban production to address climate change
  • Evaluate the degree of sustainability for common agricultural practices
  • Recall the growing requirements of root crops, fruits, vegetables and herbs
  • Evaluate marketing options for urban agriculture, niche markets, value added, and specialty crops
  • Summarize the types of livestock suitable for urban agriculture, their benefits and impacts
  • Recognize the advantages and challenges of different methodologies of farming

Course Topics

  • History and Global Perspectives
  • Environmental Challenges: Soil Safety, By-laws, Regulations, etc.
  • Trends, Markets and Economics: Community Gardens, CSA, etc.
  • Adding Value
  • Fruit and Specialty Crops
  • Livestock
  • Permaculture
  • Seed Saving
  • Case Studies
  • Project Development and Planning

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • You can expect to spend 8 to 12 hours per week to complete the course content, readings, activities, discussions and assignments.

Issues in Urban Agriculture and Vegetable Production complete an area of focus in Urban Agriculture.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.

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