In this course you'll examine the life-blood of any successful urban agriculture business operation: cash-flow, efficiencies and forecasts. These granular details may be less romantic than digging your hands in the dirt, but they can help you succeed long term. The next time you read headlines like "Couple makes $85,000 a year on a 1.4 acre lot" or "$1,000 a week from a front yard garden" you'll know how they did it!
This course isn't only useful for those striving to make a profit, however. Hobbyists, amateurs and others will also benefit from learning about the tools used in the business world. We will examine ways to minimize start-up costs, how to comply with local city codes and ensure that you define the strengths and weaknesses of your planned enterprise. We will also consider the future of urban agriculture overall based on what's happening right now.
After completing this course, you'll be able to:
Other courses in this series include:
You can also take all three of these courses in an instructor-led format that offers additional material and assignments with our Online Urban Agriculture Program.
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 eating. Her 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 came to the Pacific Northwest to enter the agricultural sector. 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 is now creating and teaching courses at OSU as the Instructor of Urban Agriculture. Outside the university, Mykl gardens when he can and runs a number of nutrient cycling experiments.