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
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.
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.