Sustainable Agriculture

 associate in science in agriculture plant science degree for transfer

New degree!

Prepare for a career in agriculture and plant science by completing this degree for transfer. Students who complete this degree and transfer to a participating CSU campus will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree. Currently accepted at California State Universities: Chico, San Jose, Stanislaus, and at California Polytechnic Institute at Pomona. 

Details from course catalog

New course - offered this spring!

AGRI 107: Introduction to Agriculture Plant Sciences

Majors course for students majoring in Agriculture Plant Science or Sustainable Agriculture. Examines the life and development of cultivated plants. Spring only. 
MW:8-9:30 (lecture)
W: 9:50-12:50 (lab)

Can be substituted for BIOL 107 for students majoring in Sustainable Urban Agriculture!

Other spring 2019 COURSE OFFERINGS

AGRI 104: Sustainable Vegetable Production
T: 8:00-10:20, Th: 8-11
Learn how to produce vegetables sustainably in California. This course provides detailed crop-by-crop instruction on growing major vegetable crops in California, and details legalities, food safety, and certifications needed for running a diversified vegetable farm.

AGRI 110: Fruit Tree Management
T: 2:30-4:30, Th: 2:30-5:30
This hands-on, experiential course links theory to hands-on application at the on-campus farm, Seeds@City.  Learn how to care for fruit trees from planting to harvest, includes skills building in pruning techniques. 

AGRI 116: Drip Irrigation Basics 
Friday 9:30-1:30, 8 week course
Learn to design and install a simple drip irrigation system. Includes optional QWEL certification (Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper). Spring only. 

AGRI 128: Food Preservation 
5-week, hands-on course Friday 9-12:20  
Learn food preservation techniques by practicing them! Can, dehydrate and ferment produce in City College’s new teaching kitchen.

the sustainable agriculture program

The Sustainable Agriculture program is housed within the Life Sciences Department at City College and offers a hands-on approach to becoming a professional and/or academic in the fields of sustainable agriculture, market farming and agricultural plant science. 

 We offer an Associate's degree for those planning to continue education in agri
culture at a university
as well as three certificates of performance and achievement for those interested in developing a background in agriculture, working in the industry, or starting their own business.

The goals of the program are to:

1. Help our society improve the health of its environment, food, and communities;

2. Give students practical experience working alongside professional farmers & agriculture faculty;

3. Teach students how to critically analyze historical and current food systems to offer more sustainable solutions.

Tentative spring 2019 COURSE OFFERINGS

AGRI 104: Sustainable Vegetable Production
AGRI 107: Introduction to Agriculture Plant Science *NEW COURSE*
AGRI 110: Introduction to Fruit Tree Management
AGRI 116: Drip Irrigation Basics

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Why do we need to train farmers?

The average age of US farmers is 59 years old. Over 50% of the world's population currently lives in cities. 15% of the world's food is currently currently grown in cities. According to UN projections, 2/3 of the world's population will be living in cities by 2030. We need more farmers to meet the growing need for food and to ensure local food security.The USDA projects that "the agricultural, food, and renewable natural resources sectors of the U.S. economy will generate an estimated 54,400 annual openings in food, renewable energy, and environmental specialties between 2010 and 2015." And, relevant to our program, among the priority occupations are:
  • Crop Management Consultant
  • Land Use Manager
  • Precision Agriculture Specialist
  • Organic Agriculture Entrepreneur
  • Renewable Energy Crop Producer
  • Restoration Forester
  • Seed Producer
For more information on USDA Agriculture and Food job projections through 2015 click here and here.