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Plan Short Course: Urban Agriculture Systems

In this Urban Agriculture Systems training, you'll learn the foundational concepts needed to establish a productive growing space, especially within the confines of an urban environment.

We will work through a number of aspects of site planning and management, and you'll do a quick examination of your site’s soil, practice fertility adjustment and balancing, and consider how your project fits within its social environment.

Planning - Urban Agriculture Systems Overview

After completing this Urban Agriculture Systems training, you'll be able to:

  • Describe how home scale, community scale, and commercial scale urban agriculture vary in size, intent, methods, and technology use.
  • Identify key benefits and challenges associated with each type of urban agriculture.
  • List key resources that support efforts associated with each type of urban agriculture.
  • Analyze the effect of the urban environment on soil parameters.
  • Interpret soil textural and fertility analyses.
  • Assess methods of support for your favored urban agricultural endeavor.
  • Analyze the interaction and application of agriculture in the urban environment.
  • Dramatize a theoretical community member’s response to urban agriculture.

Take the Whole Series

Other courses in this series include:
  1. Free Introduction to Urban Agriculture
  2. GROW Short Course: Growing in Urban Environments
  3. PLAN Short Course: Urban Agriculture Systems
  4. SELL Short Course: Urban Agricultural Business

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.

On demand. Access any time.
price (2)
$100 (+ $60 registration fee)


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.