Oregon’s First Urban Agriculture Certificate Program
At Clackamas Community College
OREGON CITY — A new certificate program at Clackamas Community College provides a pathway to a career operating a small farm or community food system. The State Board of Education approved the Urban Agriculture certificate in April 2012.
The Urban Agriculture program supports a growing demand in the community for fresh, organically grown locally producedfruits and vegetables. Restaurants, schools, farmers markets and neighborhood cooperatives increasingly offer local produce to customers. At the same time, farmers in Oregon are aging – only 4 percent are younger than 35. Farmers are needed to meet the growing demand.