12 credit hours | ​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 (mostly online courses) and field-based practicum conducted at the department’s field research station.  

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


Core Courses

GEOG 4450/ENVS 5450: Urban Food and Agriculture: Perspectives and Research | Online Spring Course
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.

GEOG 4460/ENVS 5460: Sustainable Urban Agriculture Field Study I | Online Fall Course

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 | Hybrid Summer Course

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.


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 independent study in a local food/ urban agriculture community-based topic, or an elective course appropriate to student interest in local food/ urban agriculture as approved by the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate coordinator. For graduate students, this last course must be taken at the graduate (5000/6000) level.