*Note: This course will not be monitored or offering certificates from December 18 - January 15, 2020*

Course Description

Students will have the opportunity to impact local sustainability through food security research. Urban agriculture best practices, methods and impacts will be highlighted within the local urban context. This course will offer practical solutions to urban agriculture challenges that may otherwise encumber urban farmers attempting to startup. Real partnerships with stakeholders and connections to funders and urban agriculture corporations can be established and prove a great advantage.


Zero Hunger


Quality Education
Quality Education


Gender Equality
Gender Equality


Decent Work and Economic Growth

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Reduced Inequalities
Reduced Inequalities


Sustainable Cities and Communities
Sustainable Cities and Communities


Partnerships for the Goals
Partnerships for the Goals


Course Expectations

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
  • Respond to the issues of food security within the student’s particular geo­social­political context;
  • Recognize the importance of sustainable urban agriculture;
  • Understand the challenges and find creative ways to farm in an urban setting;
  • Recognize the positioning of the markets, community locales and the diversity of assets within their community;
  • Respond to challenges of urban farming;
  • Appreciate the lessons learned from other projects locally, nationally and within the student's particular geographical context;
  • Understand the opportunities for agricultural goods;
  • Create a community map of resources;
  • Develop an Agri Business Plan;
  • Analyze a wide range urban agricultural projects;
  • Expand their understanding, talent, and fundamental views on urban farming;
  • ​Understand the power of networking


Course Approach and Methods

​This is a collaborative learning experience requiring students to engage in on­line discussions, and presentations. Students will also be instructed on how to use the online platform to upload and share assignments, as well as dialogue amongst themselves to share experiences, successes and challenges.


Proposed Timeline

Week:
  1. Seeds to Market: Global to Local Food Security
  2. Seeds to Market: Why Urban Agriculture?
  3. Community Assets, Networks, Climate, Water, and Land Needs for Urban Farming
  4. Agri-­Business Plan: Tools, Resources, and Templates
  5. Global Call to Action: Our Role within the Food System
  6. Framework for Analyzing Urban Agriculture Opportunity


Evaluation

  • 40% Simple Urban Agriculture Business Plan
  • 30% Weekly Assignments and/or Quizzes
  • 20% Completion of Weekly Readings and Participation in Online Discussion Board
  • 10% Creation of a Social Media Tool and Google Earth Map



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Food Systems: From Seed to Market