• Urban Agriculture


    This certificate focuses on an ecological systems approach to sustainable farming principles and practices suitable for local food crop production through intensive classroom and on-farm experience. Many classes have a lab component which allows students to have the opportunity to learn organic systems, and production methods for vegetable, grain, and fruit crops. Students may begin this program Fall, Winter, or Spring term.


    Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • apply sustainable, organic methods in the planning, planting, management and harvesting of food crops;
    • select and properly use farm equipment that is appropriate for a given scale and system of farming,
    • implement organic IPM strategies in orchards and on small scale vegetable and berry farms,
    • use a basic understanding of soil science and irrigation systems to make ecologically sound decisions in the production of food crops,
    • write a business plan and identify the various regulations that impact an organic food producer,
    • effectively communicate with co-workers and customers through speaking, writing and computer technology;
    • pass the ODA Pesticide Laws & Safety exam.


    The Urban Agriculture certificate prepares graduates to operate their own farm or community food system endeavor. Graduates will be qualified to run small-scale farms, work closely with existing farmers, and be advocates of local food systems, utilizing firsthand experience to become new farmers in the principles and techniques needed to be successful producers of specialty crops incorporating local organic production methods. Other career opportunities include working and managing small farms, community gardens, farmers markets, and school gardens.

    For information contact Renee Harber, Horticulture advisor, 503-594-3294 or rharber@clackamas.edu


    FALL TERM Credits

    HOR-124 Food Harvest 3

    HOR-125 Food Production in the Willamette Valley 3

    HOR-235 Weed Identification 2

    HOR-250 Western Herbs 2

    MTH-050 Technical Mathematics I

    or MTH-065 Algebra II (or higher level math) 3-5

    WR-101 Communication Skills: Occupational Writing

    or WR-121 English Composition 3-4

    WINTER TERM Credits

    BA-250 Small Business Management 3

    HOR-135 Propagation of Edible Plants 3

    HOR-136 Urban Agriculture Practicum/Winter 6

    HOR-216 Integrated Pest Management 3

    HOR-231 Irrigation & Drainage Design 3

    SPRING TERM Credits

    HOR-120 Pesticide Laws & Safety 1

    HOR-140 Soils 3

    HOR-141 Urban Agriculture Practicum/Spring 6

    HOR-148 Farm Equipment 3

    HOR-246 Organic Farming and Gardening 3

    SUMMER TERM Credits

    COMM-100* Basic Speech Communication 3

    HOR-146 Fruit and Berry Growing 3

    HOR-284 Urban Agriculture Farm Experience/CWE 3

    HOR-285 Urban Agriculture/CWE 3

    Credits required for certificate 62-65

    *COMM-100 may be substituted by taking all of the following: COMM-100A, COMM-100B and COMM-100C

  • Contact our Horticulture Department

    Oregon City - 19600 Molalla Avenue, Oregon City, Oregon 97045

    Email us: lorettam@clackamas.edu

    Call us: 503-594-3292