Sustainable Agriculture Education

Urban Agriculture

Learn to grow food and develop and manage urban agriculture systems and businesses for local markets and clients.

vegetablesStudy and practice fundamental and emerging sustainability approaches to urban agriculture — such as agroecology and soil and plant sciences; site designing and planning; growing diverse food crops in urban and suburban environments; and operating vertical, rooftop, hydroponic, and aquaponic systems.

Urban Agriculture course topics include:

  • Agroecology: An Ecological Approach to Agriculture
  • Soil Science and Conservation
  • Horticulture Plant Science
  • Vegetable, Herb, and Flower Production
  • Fruit, Nut, and Berry Production
  • Ecological Design for Urban Agriculture
  • Urban Farming Systems and Practices
  • Hydro and Aquaponic Production Systems
  • Urban Food System Careers Seminar
  • Internship, Practicum, or Research in Sustainable Agriculture
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Colin McCrate, Seattle Urban Farm Co., Stackhouse Apartments rooftop garden
Colin McCrate, Seattle Urban Farm Co.
Stackhouse Apartments rooftop garden

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Contact us to learn more and get on our information list:

Sustainable Agriculture Education
Horticulture Department
425.640.1739 | horticulture@edcc.edu

National Science FoundationThis material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1205107. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Spring Quarter Classes

  • Horticulture Plant Science
    (Hort 102, 4 credits)
  • Vegetable Production II
    (Hort 244, 2 credits)
  • Fruit, Nut and Berry Production II
    (Hort 253, 2 credits)
  • Ecological Design for Urban Agriculture
    (Hort 256, 4 credits)
  • Urban Farming Systems and Practices
    (Hort 257, 3 credits)
  • Internship
    (Hort 191, variable credits)

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New Urban Agriculture Certificates!

Two are short certificates (28-30 credits) and the third, Urban Agriculture Systems, combines the other two. 

The entire curriculum occurs over the course of three quarters: winter, spring, and summer. Students may obtain any one certificate, or all of them, in just three quarters, depending upon whether attending part-time or full-time.

A two year associate of applied science degree in sustainable urban agriculture (transferable to Washington State University) is in the works.