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Urban agriculture is a growing field, contributing to the sustainability and planning for resilient city regions.

This four-course, fully-online certificate equips you with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience to address food system challenges in local and global contexts. 

You will learn about the technical aspects and different types of urban agriculture, as well as explore policy and governance issues for strengthening the sustainability and resilience of urban communities and healthy, livable food-growing cities of the future.

What Will You Learn?

You will learn how to: 

  • analyze the relationships between urban agriculture and multiple dimensions of urban management, including health and nutrition, social and cultural development, local economic development, and environmental management
  • identify how urban agriculture can advance food security, food sovereignty, and environmental sustainability through planning and policy
  • apply participatory and gender-sensitive concepts, tools, and processes, such as situation analysis, action planning, and policy design with diverse urban agriculture stakeholders

Who Should Take This Certificate?

This certificate is designed for:

  • students and recent graduates with relevant degrees (e.g. nutrition and food, planning, sociology, architecture, etc.) wishing to focus their interest and educational goals within urban agriculture
  • individuals with experience in the urban agriculture sector, seeking additional training or expanded understanding of the overall scope of the field, including business entrepreneurs, ecological, urban and health planners, municipal planners, environmental advocates, development officers, urban food growers, staff of parks, and other city departments
  • newer Canadians entering the workforce seeking potential work opportunities, especially those with a prior agricultural background

The program may also appeal to:

  • current students enrolled in or alumni of food security, landscape design and sustainability management
  • individuals with a high school diploma interested in urban agriculture 
  • mature students looking to change their careers or build their skills 

Who Teaches the Courses?

Our urban agriculture teaching team is recognized internationally in the field. Having lived and worked around the globe, they understand the challenges and context of urban agriculture, food security and food system policy in Canada and internationally. 

Visit our Instructor Profile Directory to read instructor bios.

Industry and Careers

Many of our graduates find work within:

  • social services
  • education
  • public health
  • housing
  • poverty alleviation
  • community policing
  • environmental studies
  • international development
  • food security
  • land-use
  • labour
  • healthcare
  • urban planning

Possible job titles include but are not limited to:

  • Educators 
  • Project Coordinators 
  • Data Analysts 
  • Research
  • Managers 
  • Dietary Managers
  • Public Servant
  • Team Leader
  • Project Manager
  • Community Coordinator
  • Farm Coordinator
  • Food Ambassadors and Educator
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Retail Store Associate
  • Research Assistant/Intern and Office Manager
  • Urban Residential Food Grower
  • Consultant In Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Advocate
  • Entrepreneurs/Small Business Owner
  • Farmer Manager 
  • Production Assistant On Vegetable Or Fruit Farms
  • Public Gardens Or Field Production Staff
  • Owner/Operator of a Food Production Farm
  • Municipal Planner or Policymaker
  • Coordinator or Project Manager in Urban Agriculture, Plant Innovation, or Rooftop/Community Gardens
  • Coordinator or Project Manager or Consultant in Ecological Planning
  • Research Engineer or Project Manager in Eco-innovation and Regeneration of Urban Areas
  • Development Officer in Sustainable Urban Planning
  • Project Manager in a Local Authority, Urban Planning or Environmental Department, or Development Agency

Certificate Requirements

  • One required course
  • Two required electives
  • One general elective
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Recommended sequence

It is recommended that students take the required course CVFN 410 - Understanding Urban Agriculture at the beginning of the Urban Agriculture Certificate.

A new elective course, CVFN 400 - Practicum/Project in Urban Agriculture, which will not be offered in Fall 2020, will allow students to have hands-on experience in urban farm settings, take special topic courses, and pursue other options that are more tailored to their interests.

Admission Criteria

Recommended:

  • OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits (including English), with a minimum average of 60 percent, or equivalent 

OR  

  • mature student status with relevant work experience

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Contact Us

Questions? Contact Reg Noble, Academic Coordinator
Email: food@ryerson.ca

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