Sustainable Agriculture

Professional Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture

Professional Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture

Classroom Program


10 months


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Agricultural jobs are ones that are irreplaceable and unique. Even with advances in technology, some types of growing require a human’s intellect or hand for care and maintenance. Understanding that balance and thriving in it can be challenging, but it’s the kind of challenge someone like you who’s interested in agriculture or starting a farming business is ready to take. Engage directly in 10 months of hands-on lessons and prepare for a career with farming experience and business development ideas already on your side.

Created in partnership with: Riverside Food Systems Alliance, Farmworker Institute of Education& Leadership Development (FIELD), Grow Riverside, City of Riverside, and Riverside County Workforce Development Center.

Designed For

  • Those interested in starting their own farming business
  • Those interested in urban farming, such as sustainable and local food supply, organic food supply, nursery production, agroforesty, and others

What You'll Learn

  • Agricultural history in California and the US and differences in small and large farming operations
  • Challenges and job opportunities in the industry
  • Soil maintenance and best practices, such as fertility, plant nutrient requirements, and use of organic and conventional fertilizers
  • Seed-starting techniques for different types of plants and how to adjust for seasonal changes and pest and weed management
  • Methods for cultivation, greenhouse management, processing, packaging, and regulations
  • Principles of agribusiness management, such as planning, labor, permits, laws, budgeting accounting, and more

What You Can Do With This Program

Positions are available in a variety of industries and can include corporations, private companies, and more. Jobs might include:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Farmers
  • Organic food growers
  • Irrigation specialists
  • Forest and conversation technicians

Real People. Real Results.

“My experience at UCR Extension was great. My instructors worked in industry, not just academics, and were able to share real-world scenarios for the assignments we were learning and participating in. I took real-time experiences back to the office, and implemented the new knowledge immediately.”

Tracy Trettin

Administrative Operations Manager
UCR School of Medicine
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Quarter 1

Module 1: Intro to California and Local Agriculture

Module 2: Soils and Nutrients

Module 3: Crop Production

Quarter 2

Module 4: Farm Cultivation

Module 5: Farm and Financial Management

Module 6: Agribusiness Entrepreneurship

Instructor Spotlight

“Supporting individuals in keeping pace with the changing requirements of the modern work environment is at our core. Collaboration, partnership, and community drive us to provide accessible, affordable education, and training for working adults. Whether you are an individual looking to advance your career, or an organizational leader interested in investing in your workforce, we are here for you.”

Kasey Wilson, Ed.D.

Director of Professional Programs
UCR Extension
Riverside, CA

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