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Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate Program

Increase Competence and Marketability for a Career in Urban Agriculture 

March 9 - June 1, 2019


To help meet the growing demand for academically trained urban agriculture professionals, Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture is offering its fourth Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate Program this spring. Designed for anyone charged with starting or managing an urban farm or who wants to increase their marketability to do so, the course provides a curriculum rich in the science-based knowledge needed to successfully and safely grow produce in an urban environment. Courses include: sustainable soil management, plant propagation and nursery management, permaculture, plant disease and pest management, greenhouse production (hydroponics and aquaponics), animal husbandry (backyard chickens and rabbits), urban farming business planning and management, and many more. All courses will be taught by Virginia State University (VSU), and Virginia Tech professors and other invited guests

The 12-week (18 modules) course begins March 9 and ends June 1, 2019. Classes will be conducted on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on VSU’s Randolph Farm located at 4415 River Road, Petersburg, VA. Instruction will consist of morning lectures and afternoon hands-on outdoor and lab activities. Each student must also complete by the end of October, 80 hours of internship work at an approved urban farm in order to successfully graduate from the program with full certification.

The classroom instructions will be offered in two options:

a) Face-to-Face option. For a fee of $250, the course will include in-class sessions, hands-on activities, educational materials, continental breakfast, and lunch.

b) Distance Learning option. For a fee of $200, the course will include Webinar instructions, educational materials that will be mailed to participants, and 2 days of hands-on workshops.


All participants are required to attend the March 2, 2019 orientation from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Distance Learners will participate through a Webinar). A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis and closes on March 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm ET.

If you need further information or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mollie Klein at or call (804) 524-6960/TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations no later than five days prior to registration closing.

Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.