Sustainable Urban Agriculture
Sustainable Urban Agriculture offers a hands-on
approach for students to enter into the academic
and/or professional fields related to sustainable
agriculture. Students gain skills to critically analyze
historical and current food systems in order to offer
alternative solutions to create more sustainable food
system models. Students gain practical experience
working alongside professional urban farmers and
farm educators in the Seeds at City Urban Farm on
the City College campus.
This program provides students the opportunity
to analyze issues and implement solutions related
to small-scale urban agriculture and to apply their
knowledge in hands-on learning at the Seeds
at City Urban Farm. The primary aim is to train a
diverse group of skilled organic practitioners who
actively participate in improving the health of their
environment, food, and communities through small scale
organic food production, education, advocacy,
and social service programs.
This program provides a foundation in plant and
soil science, integrated pest management, and crop
production while focusing on ecological principles
of sustainable agriculture. Courses emphasize the
how-to aspects of organic gardening and farming,
including compost production, greenhouse
propagation, crop planning and production.
San Diego City College offers certificates, degrees
and transfer options in the Sustainable Urban
Agriculture program. The Certificate of Performance,
Organic Gardening for the Culinary Arts,
compliments educational programs in the culinary
arts. The Urban Gardener Certificate of Achievement
provides skills and knowledge for careers at an
organic farm, nursery, commercial greenhouse or
to manage a community garden. The Certificate of
Achievement in Urban Farming prepares students
and professionals to establish and operate an
organic urban farm business. The Sustainable Urban
Agriculture, Associate in Science Degree, prepares
students to transfer to a four-year college to study
agriculture, sustainable agriculture, plant science,
crop science, agricultural business, or ecology.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students who complete this program should be able
- Understand and explain the three facets of
sustainability (economic, environmental and
social) both in general and as they apply
specifically to landscaping, practices.
- Understand and explain the components of a
- Design an organic urban farm that support
natural ecosystems, human health, and water
- Evaluate the soil food web.
- Create a crop plan that is appropriate for the
- Identify plant disease and pests and incorporate
integrated pest management and other organic
strategies for a resilient food system.
- Demonstrate basic propagation techniques.