Have you ever wanted instant access to fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables?
Whether you call it "city gardening" or "urban farming," urban agriculture is the process of growing your own fruits and vegetables right where you live.
In this new online Urban Agriculture program, you'll receive a personalized start-to-finish roadmap for growing the crop of your choice in your unique site!
In this online urban agriculture series, you won't need a farm or production site to get started. You can apply directly what you learn to your own backyard or limited space area and by the end of the program, you'll have a complete set of plans to grow your own thriving crop!
We will cover the basic steps together and you can ‘rinse and repeat’ with a different crop each time you want to add something to your garden.
Rather than going it alone, you'll avoid the common mistakes and pitfalls by working directly with OSU's expert instructors. To ensure your city farm is a success, you'll learn:
Completing this program will leave you with the tools, knowledge and understanding needed to take on your own urban gardening project that thrives and doesn't interfere or impact your neighbors.
All the lectures in this program were so informative and intriguing. Throughout the program I just kept saying, “wow that’s actually something I can do, myself.” That’s the amazing thing about urban agriculture because it doesn’t take a professional to do it. Anyone can if they have the drive to do so.
In this program, you'll have an opportunity to focus on the crop most important to you and your urban agriculture project. Focusing on a single crop will provide plenty of work for this series. Plus, after you finish, you will be able to transfer what you learn in the process of planning this first crop to subsequent crops.
If you've ever wished your local grocery store had more variety or if you've ever wanted to turn a gardening hobby into a successful small business, or if you simply wanted the freshest fruits and vegetables, then this program is designed for you!
Here are just a few items that make this program unique:
Targeted Short Course Series
If you do not need or desire the full certificate, or only want to study certain topics, you might be interested in the on-demand Urban Agriculture courses that pull from sections of the full program:
If you'd like to see a basic orientation to the larger program and Urban Agriculture overall, you might want to check out the Free Urban Agriculture Overview Online Course.
This noncredit certificate is an accessible and flexible option for those interested in enhancing their urban agriculture skill set in an informal setting. The OSU Ecampus transcript-visible undergraduate certificate is designed to train professional urban agriculturalists through a comprehensive, rigorous curriculum based in the sciences and social justice.
Here are a few common questions about the online Urban Agriculture Certificate. You can search or simply scroll down to find past questions.
The Urban Agriculture training is entirely online. You do not need to be enrolled in a Bachelor's program as this is a noncredit course, meaning you do not receive college credit upon completion.
Unfortunately, we do not offer any scholarships at this time.
Each participant in the course requires their own individual registration and login. If your program is willing to pay for multiple (or even only one) student(s) to take the course then there are multiple options to choose from: is an option that we can do:
1. We could set up a partner account for your organization. We would then take your payment via a payment link for the number of seats you wish to purchase. After the payment is verified, we would send you a code that you give to the students to enter on the payment page, which would reduce their payment by the amount you specified. We suggest this method if you believe that this will be a recurring instance of paying for employees to take a course.
2. Your students may begin their registrations and then you could go to their desk to add in a credit card at the payment tab.
3. Your students may begin their registrations and at the Payments tab, select the Save for Later button. At that time you could call us and give us a list of the students and you can pay for all of the students at once via a payment link we will email you and we will apply the payment to their accounts.
4. You may send us a PO or Letter of Intent for the students and the course(s) and we would then allow the students to enroll and send an invoice to you for their registrations.
Interaction in the Urban Ag courses will take place primarily through discussion boards, where you will be able to read and reply to the instructor as well as to your fellow classmates. By doing this, you will be able to think critically about others' ideas as well as hear their feedback on yours.
Because the program is instructor-led rather than simply on-demand, you're also able to ask the instructor questions and receive direct answers and feedback from them.
There are no pre-requisites for this urban agriculture program and anyone is welcome to take it. Unfortunately at this time, we do not have any financial aid available.
The price is the same regardless of state of residence. This urban agriculture certificate is a noncredit program, so that means there are no prerequisites and you don't need to formally apply. You will receive a Professional and Continuing Education certificate of completion upon completion of this course, which you can add to your resume or LinkedIn profile, however, you will not receive credit toward a college degree.
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 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.