Urban Agriculture Certificate


The Urban Agriculture Certificate is a yearlong experience that combines classroom learning with field trips to prepare urban agriculture leaders for success with their project. Urban Agriculture Certificate participants will:

• Receive in-depth instruction for urban organic crop production—from farm design through harvest techniques
• Clarify their project vision and strengthen their community impact
• Learn to think like an enterprise to achieve economic sustainability

This certificate follows a curriculum designed by Purdue Extension and is tailored to the dynamics of urban agriculture which occurs at a very small scale (usually an acre or less), at close proximity to non-agriculture land uses, and often in partnership with other individuals or organizations. The audience for this curriculum includes for-profit and non-profit market farmers and gardeners, community garden organizers, school garden leaders, urban homesteaders, and other urban agriculture project leaders.

Participants in this certificate course will experience the flipped classroom model, where some learning occurs first via an online class platform on their own time and then class time is spent digging into concepts and applying the concepts to the participant’s own project. This classroom-based learning occurs during the colder months in November and January through March. Then, during the growing season, participants will take a monthly field trip to visit urban agriculture sites together and hear from experienced project leaders.

This program is being offered by two Purdue Extension county offices for the 2019-2020 class:

  • Purdue Extension - Allen County in Ft. Wayne, Indiana began on October 31, 2019.
  • Purdue Extension - Marion County in Indianapolis, Indiana began on November 5, 2019.


  • Gary Urban Agriculture Certificate Program in Gary, Indiana  begins on January 9, 2020.                                           For more information on schedule, content or registration click HERE.

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