This 28-credit certificate focuses expertise needed "to cultivate urban food crops for year-round organic production and seasonal harvests in the maritime climate of the Puget Sound bioregion. This certificate may be combined with the Urban Agriculture: Whole Systems certificate to complete the 41-credit Urban Agriculture Systems certificate."
This 41.5-credit "certificate provides a theoretical foundation in urban agriculture through the study of sustainability principles, ecology in agricultural systems, and plant and soil sciences. There is also a combined focus on the knowledge, skills, and techniques in urban crop production and whole systems. " It requires a crop production specialty component in cultivating urban food crops for year-round organic production and a whole systems specialty component on the design, operation and management of systems in urban environments.
"The Certificate in Organic Agriculture is an 18-credit undergraduate program that can be taken along with a major in another field, or as a stand-alone educational experience. The certificate is ideal for professionals working in agriculture or related fields who require in-depth knowledge of organic systems, those wanting to pursue a career in organic agriculture, anyone interested in beginning a community supported agriculture (CSA) enterprise, home gardeners, as well as current WSU students in other majors at WSU with an interest in organic agriculture."
Four-acre certified organic farm near the Pullman, WA campus is operated through the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and is used for teaching and Extension, and for the WSU scientific community to conduct organic research projects. The farm's summer field course, Practicum in Organic Agriculture, is a requirement for the organic agriculture major. Students produce certified organic vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers that are distributed through local food banks, on-campus food service, a 100-member CSA (community supported agriculture), and a local farmers' market. Tours are available to individuals.