Increase Competence and Marketability for a Career in Urban Agriculture

The twelve (12) week Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate Course begins on March 3, 2018 through May 26, 2018. The classes are held on Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The course fee is $190 and covers in-class sessions, hands-on activities, educational materials, continental breakfast, and lunch.

REGISTRATION IS LIMITED! The course is limited to the first 30 participants who register and have their payment received no later than February 26, 2018. Please bring or mail your registration fee to:

Mollie Klein

L. Douglas Wilder Building Suite 203

Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture

P.O. Box 9081, Virginia State University, VA  23806

Office: 804.524.5960

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to apply for scholarships is February 16, 2018

All participants are required to attend the March 3, 2018 orientation from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

All courses will be held in Room 300 in the L. Douglas Wilder Building, 1 Hayden Drive on the campus of Virginia State University unless otherwise stated. Demonstrations will be conducted at the University’s Randolph Farm, located at 4415 River Road, Petersburg, Virginia 23803.

Some Course Topics Include:

  • General Principles of Urban Agriculture
  • Basic Botany, Physiology, and Environmental Effects of Plant Growth
  • Crop Pest and Disease Management
  • Business Principles of Urban Agriculture
  • Permaculture; Vegetable and Small Fruit Production
  • Brownfields and Safe Gardening Practices
  • Greenhouse Production-Aquaponics/Hydroponics
  • Plant Propagation and Nursery Management
  • Backyard Rearing

Please note: To complete the course, you must attend all classes. If you are unable to complete the course there will be no refund of the registration fee.

Instructions are provided by Virginia State University and Virginia Tech Faculty, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agents and featured guest speakers.

This program is supported in part by the USDA/NIFA grant # 2015-38821-24339 Entitled “From Food Deserts to Agrihoods: Transforming Food Insecure Neighborhoods with Comprehensive Urban Agriculture Education.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Agriculture and Natural Resources office at (804) 524-5960 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.


For more information, contact Dr. Leonard Githinji at or call (804) 524-5962.