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Urban agriculture is not only a growing field, but a necessary one. As people continue to move into cities, there will be an added need for professionals with urban agriculture training to lead the sustainability path in building resilient city regions. If you’re looking for a career to help create positive change in your community, our Certificate in Urban Agriculture will help you get there. This four-course, fully-online certificate equips you with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience to address food system challenges in local and global contexts.

Industry and Careers
This certificate can help you grow your career in a range of industries like urban planning, environmental studies, public health, international development and more.

This certificate can lead to career paths in roles such as:

  • Municipal Planner or Policymaker
  • Coordinator or Project Manager in Urban Agriculture, Plant Innovation, or Rooftop/Community Gardens
  • Public Gardens Or Field Production Staff
  • Coordinator or Project Manager or Consultant in Ecological Planning
  • Consultant In Sustainable Development
  • Project Manager in a Local Authority, Urban Planning or Environmental Department, or Development Agency

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Students and recent graduates with relevant degrees (e.g. nutrition and food, urban planning, sociology, architecture, etc.) wishing to gain a specialization in urban agriculture.
  • Individuals with experience in the urban agriculture sector, seeking additional training or expanded understanding of the overall scope of the field, including business entrepreneurs, ecological, urban and health planners, municipal planners, environmental advocates, development officers, urban food growers, staff of parks, and other city departments.

What Will You Learn?
After completing this certificate, you will able to:

Through your choice of electives, you can concentrate on an area of focus like:

  • Analyze the relationships between urban agriculture and multiple dimensions of urban management, including health and nutrition, social and cultural development, local economic development, and environmental management
  • Identify how urban agriculture can advance food security, food sovereignty, and environmental sustainability through planning and policy
  • Apply participatory and gender-sensitive concepts, tools, and processes, such as situation analysis, action planning, and policy design with diverse urban agriculture stakeholders
  • The study of social behaviour
  • Applications of psychology in organizations
 

NEW Course!
In our newest online course, CVFN 420 - Green/Natural Infrastructure, you’ll gain core knowledge about green/natural infrastructure practices (such as street tree planting, green roofs, rainwater harvesting) – via guest speakers, virtual site tours, interactive modules and more.

Certificate Requirements

  • One required course
  • Three required electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Admission Criteria

Recommended:

  • OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits (including English), with a minimum average of 60 percent, or equivalent 

OR  

  • mature student status with relevant work experience

Awards and Financial Aid

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