Sustainable Agriculture

Register today for courses in Sustainable Urban Agriculture!

Priority registration begins 11/13 and open registration on 12/11

Spring Schedule:

AGRI 104: Sustainable Vegetable Production
In this class you will learn how to grow vegetable crops organically and sustainably; this course combines theoretical learning with hands-on growing at our 1-acre Urban Farm. 
Tuesday: 8:00 – 10:20
Thursday: 8:00 – 11:00

AGRI 110: Introduction to Fruit Tree Management
In this class you will not only learn how to care for fruit trees organically, but you will also build skills by actively caring for our fruit trees on-campus. You will practice fruit tree care skills ranging from pruning, training, fertilizing and more.
Monday 8:00 – 10:05 (lecture)
Wednesday 8:00 – 11:05 (lab)

AGRI 116: Drip Irrigation Basics
In this 8-week course you will learn all the basic theory and skills you need to install and manage drip irrigation systems in San Diego. This class will be actively involved in drip irrigation installation projects and drip system maintenance.
Monday and Wednesday: 2:20 -4:30 PM (1/29 – 3/24)

AGRI 128: Food Preservation Skills
In this 5-week course you will learn how to preserve fresh produce harvested from Seeds@City Urban Farm by canning, drying, fermenting and more!
Friday 9:00 – 12:20 (4/02 – 5/04)

Questions? Email Erin McConnell at 

Fees are currently $46/unit for California residents with financial aid available. 

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Sustainable Agriculture program is housed within the Life Sciences Department at City College and offers a hands-on approach to becoming a professional and/or academic in the fields of sustainable agriculture and market farming. 

 We offer an Associate's degree for those planning to continue education in agri
culture at a university
as well as three certificates of performance and achievement for those interested in developing a background in agriculture, working in the industry, or starting their own business.

The goals of the program are to:

1. Help our society improve the health of its environment, food, and communities;

2. Give students practical experience working alongside professional farmers & agriculture faculty;

3. Teach students how to critically analyze historical and current food systems to offer more sustainable solutions.

Why do we need to train farmers?

The average age of US farmers is 59 years old. Over 50% of the world's population currently lives in cities. 15% of the world's food is currently currently grown in cities. According to UN projections, 2/3 of the world's population will be living in cities by 2030. We need more farmers to meet the growing need for food and to ensure local food security.The USDA projects that "the agricultural, food, and renewable natural resources sectors of the U.S. economy will generate an estimated 54,400 annual openings in food, renewable energy, and environmental specialties between 2010 and 2015." And, relevant to our program, among the priority occupations are:
  • Crop Management Consultant
  • Land Use Manager
  • Precision Agriculture Specialist
  • Organic Agriculture Entrepreneur
  • Renewable Energy Crop Producer
  • Restoration Forester
  • Seed Producer
For more information on USDA Agriculture and Food job projections through 2015 click here and here.