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Course Description

Discuss the identification of edible annual, biennial, perennial, herbaceous and woody horticultural plants. Explore a summary of crop-specific cultural practices, harvest guidelines, and potential insect and disease problems in order to gain the skills needed to grow each crop.

Urban community gardeners, co-operative associations, municipal planners and environmental advocates wishing to identify the potentials and constraints for gardens in the urban environment are well-suited participants for this course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Critically evaluate sustainability in the context of urban agricultural practices
  • Select an optimal urban site, within the constraints imposed by the urban condition, suitable for agricultural production
  • Evaluate, identify and pursue niche market options for urban agriculture
  • Identify the major food producing plant families commonly found in temperate zone growing areas
  • Select appropriate plant species for urban agricultural growing areas that will allow for sustainable production
  • Evaluate the sustainable production characteristics of different crops
  • Critically evaluate the validity of crop production information obtained from various sources
  • Source seed and other propagation material for crops discussed in this course

Course Topics

  • Sustainability and Urban Agriculture
  • Urban Agricultural Scenarios: Backyard Greenhouse, Rooftop Gardens, Balcony Gardens, Boulevard Gardens/Brownfield Gardens, Backyard Gardens, Suburban Greenspace, Community Gardens
  • Niche Markets: Finding and Developing Niche Markets for Your Urban Agricultural Produce
  • Selecting Plants for Urban and Niche Markets
  • Sourcing Propagation Material for Your Urban Agricultural Location


Assessment Item Weight
Quizzes (6) 55%
Assignments (3) 45%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

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Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Agricultural Plant Selection for Urban Gardens
May 08, 2023 to July 30, 2023
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There are no textbooks required for this course. During the course, you will require:

  • a package of vegetable or flower seed that grows rapidly (e.g., radish, beans, nasturtiums etc.), a pot, potting mix, and location to grow your plant
  • a digital camera or smart phone to record the crop’s growth.

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