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Free Urban Agriculture Overview Online Course

This free Introduction to Urban Agriculture online course gives you a basic orientation to the larger program and our topic overall.

Getting Started in Urban Agriculture

In this free introduction course, you will learn what exactly is "urban agriculture," along with essential definitions and concepts to help you get started on this exciting journey!

Throughout this intro course, you will explore some of the scholarly literature in the field of urban agriculture and investigate and record the basic requirements of your single chosen crop.

By the end, you will have a good understanding of urban agriculture and will know if you would like to continue learning more. You will have access to the course materials for one year after registration.

Continue Learning

If you'd like to learn more about urban agriculture, you can continue on with:

  1. GROW Short Course: Growing in Urban Environments
  2. PLAN Short Course: Urban Agriculture Systems
  3. SELL Short Course: Urban Agricultural Business

Instructional-Led Urban Agriculture Option

If you'd like, you can also learn how to grow, plan, and sell, with hands-on feedback from the instructor in the Online Urban Agriculture Program.

On demand. Access any time.
6 hours
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Question: Is this city farming course helpful for beginners who don't have a background in agriculture or really any prior knowledge of gardening and farming? ~ Sajjad H.
Answer: This course is an introduction to urban agriculture, so it's perfect for anyone who does not have any prior experience or knowledge in growing and farming in the city.


Gail Langellotto

Gail Langellotto is a Professor of Horticulture at Oregon State University, where she also serves as the Principle Investigator of the Garden Ecology Lab and leads the statewide Oregon State University Master Gardener program. She has a M.S. and Ph.D. in entomology, and has published research on topics as diverse as the costs of starting and maintaining a vegetable garden, pollinator-friendly gardens, and the benefits of gardening to healthy eatingHer OSU Extension Service and outreach efforts are focused on communicating research-backed management practices to home gardeners. For the online Master Gardener and urban agriculture PACE courses, she supervises overall course development, and reviews and contributes to course content.

Mykl Nelson

Mykl grew up in a military family and has traveled around the globe. He started down his agricultural path after picking the makings of a salad directly into a bowl while standing within a greenhouse in his backyard in Colorado.

Mykl came to the Pacific Northwest to enter the agricultural sector and really immerse himself in an environment of plant growth.  . He spent a handful of years at Oregon State University to retrain in a new undergraduate degree so he could finish with a Master’s of Horticulture. He's worked on a handful of farms and tended ever-larger gardens, often on someone else's land. He is now creating and teaching courses at OSU as the Instructor of Urban Agriculture.

In addition to his work for OSU's certificate program in urban agriculture, he is experimenting with a system to convert food waste into insect protein. Outside the university, Mykl gardens when he can and runs a number of nutrient cycling experiments.

Past Students' Work

Take a look at some recent projects our students have created.