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Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate

12 credit hours


Students tending to garden
Advisor: Amanda Weaver​​

The goal of the certificate program is to provide GES students advanced training in sustainable urban agriculture through the integration of university classroom study and field-based practicum conducted at the department’s field research station.  Requirements for the certificate are therefore divided between on-campus courses and field courses.

Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will:

  •          Have knowledge of the history of urban farming
  •          Understand the modern agro-food system
  •          Participate in sustainable urban agricultural practices

 

Curriculum

Required Credit Hours

GEOG 4450/ENVS 5450 Urban Food and Agriculture: Perspectives and Research
Provides an overview of research & practices in urban farming. Critically reviews emergent models of local food production/distribution. Compares new practices to traditional agribusiness. Assesses the prospects for solving sustainability problems within the modern agro-food system.

 

Select Two Elective Courses

GEOG 4460/ENVS 5460 Sustainable Urban Agriculture Field Study I: This field study course (held at the farm) will include guest speakers with related “hands-on” activities and will culminate with each student performing an independent research project to evaluate and improve on current planning at the farm.

 

GEOG 4470/ENVS 5470 Sustainable Urban Agriculture Field Study II: The first couple months will entail reading, lecture, and guest speakers on the various methods of production. As the weather warms, students (or student groups) will research, plan, and execute one model of their choosing using test space provided at the farm.



GEOG 4490/5990 or ENVS 5500 Special Topics: Vegetable CSA in Wheat Ridge, CO: Actively learn the processes product selection, site location (soil conditions), plant management (watering), and harvest planning for several commonly grown summer vegetables. Students should be prepared to spend class period outside. This course is also open to non-degree seeking students.

 

For the final 3 credit hours, students have the choice of using a sustainable urban agriculture internship with any local food/urban agriculture community organization, or an elective course approved by the certificate coordinator.