OREGON CITY — A
new certificate program at Clackamas Community College provides a pathway to a
career operating a small farm or community food system. The State Board of
Education approved the Urban Agriculture certificate at its April meeting.
Agriculture program supports a growing demand in the community for fresh, organically
grown locally producedfruits and
vegetables. Restaurants, schools, farmers markets and neighborhood cooperatives
increasingly offer local produce to customers. At the same time, farmers in
Oregon are aging – only 4 percent are younger than 35. Farmers are needed to
meet the growing demand.
Agriculture certificate at CCC is the only program of its kind in the state of
Oregon. The program focuses on an ecological systems approach to sustainable
farming principles and practices using organic production methods. Graduates of
the program will be prepared to run small-scale farms, working closely with
existing farmers, or manage community gardens, farmers markets or school
generation of people who realize the environmental impacts of growing food —
good food — on their own,” said Elizabeth Howley, chair of the CCC Horticulture
Department. “People care about eating quality food. There’s a huge difference
between a carrot from a chain grocery store and the farmer’s market.”
complete the certificate in four terms and may start any term except summer.
Courses covered include food production, food harvest, farm equipment, organic
farming, and fruit and berry growing. Many classes have a lab component where
students practice organic systems and production methods for vegetable, grain
and fruit crops.
In addition to Urban Agriculture, the CCC
offers an associate’s degree in horticulture and landscape, and offers
certificates in horticulture, irrigation technician, plant health care, and
landscape practices. CCC’s Horticulture and Landscape programs are
the only programs accredited in Oregon by the Professional Landcare Network
information about the Urban Agriculture program at CCC, contact Loretta Mills
at 503-594-3292 or firstname.lastname@example.org.