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Course Description

Examine the growth and development of plants used for food as well as the factors that affect productivity. Production practices required to grow food sustainability in typical or challenging urban environments will be highlighted along with tools, techniques, and practices to grow productive urban crops.

This course is designed for urban community gardeners, co-operative associations, municipal planners, and environmental advocates wishing to identify the potentials and constraints for gardens in the urban environment.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand how plant structure relates to plant function in all stages of growth
  • Understand basic soil structure and chemistry, select appropriate water or soil tests, and interpret professional laboratory soil and water test results
  • Integrate cultural practices with environmental factors to determine the ideal growing environment for horticultural crops
  • Identify the best irrigation systems to use based on environment, crop and efficient water use
  • Determine the requirements for growth, health and vigour of the major plant groups—such as root crops, fruits, vegetables and herbs

Course Topics

This course is organized into the following six units:

  • Plant Structure and Function
  • Soil
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Irrigation
  • Environment
  • Crops


Assessment Item Weight
Online Discussions (2) 20%
Quizzes (6) 30%
Assignments (3) 50%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Sponsoring Partners

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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