November 29, 2012
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New Urban Agriculture Management Certificate at FRCC Provides Knowledge, Skills for Success

A new Urban Agriculture Management certificate at Front Range Community College provides students with the knowledge and skills to start their own urban farms or work as technicians for companies that develop and maintain urban farms.

Classes are taught at both the Larimer (Fort Collins) and Westminster campuses of FRCC. The Horticulture and Landscape Technologies certificate requires 30 credits of horticulture classes, including Introduction to Horticulture, Soil Science, Introduction to Irrigation, Greenhouse Management and Crops, Landscape Plant Health Care, and Urban Farm Management.

Urban Farm Management, the four-credit keystone class of the certificate, will be taught during the spring 2013 semester at both campuses. The semester runs from Jan. 22, 2013, to May 13, 2013. The class is scheduled for 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Larimer Campus. At the Westminster Campus, the class is scheduled for 9 to 11:15 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Stephen Cochenour, a graduate of Colorado State University’s horticulture program, a former manager of its research farm, and an urban farming consultant, will teach Urban Farm Management.

The Urban Agriculture certificate was designed with input from green-industry advisors. It provides graduates with a complement of critical landscape maintenance and farming skills that would allow graduates to start their own urban farms, or to work as technicians at landscape companies that have entered the urban farming sector or wish to offer their clients a specialized maintenance package built around urban farming.

For information about the other classes in the certificate, consult the class schedule.

For more information, contact:

  • Ray Daugherty, Westminster Campus, (303) 404-5039, ray.daugherty@frontrange.edu
  • Dan Bacheler, Westminster Campus, (303) 404-5514, dan.bacheler@frontrange.edu
  • Diane Waltman, Larimer Campus, (970) 204-8306, diane.waltman@frontrange.edu

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a somewhat-frequent bicycle commuter, a certified soccer referee, and a newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.

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