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Urban Agriculture – Certificate Program


Soil as a solution to climate change 


Research suggests that an increased focus on urban agriculture may be critical to our survival and a crucial adaptation to climate change. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO), almost 10% of the global population practices urban farming. Urban farms include vertical farms, hydroponic farms, aquafarms, urban beekeeping, and much more. Urban vegetation helps mitigate the effects of the warming planet. In addition, urban agriculture may be the key to feeding the planet. Urban farms include small individual farms and large operations such as Springdale Farms in Austin, Texas and Ranier Beach Urban Farm in Seattle, Washington. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook for agriculture and agriculture-related jobs remains bright. The agency estimates an additional 78,000 jobs to be added between 2020 and 2030 and an average annual growth rate of 9%. In addition, new research espouses the sustainability benefits of urban agriculture. The salaries in this field depend on the particular area of agriculture chosen.   

Our Urban Farming certificate is unique in Maine – delivered in a highly flexible (HyFlex) format, leveraging both live in-person and online options, from our brand-new high-tech classrooms in New Gloucester, Maine.

Learn more about this program.

How you will learn 

We at TIEP have taken the best features of in-person learning and online learning to create an innovative and accelerated educational experience designed to meet the demands of a modern learner. Our new facility on the Unity College campus in New Gloucester, Maine is equipped with HyFlex classrooms designed with cutting edge technology to enhance teaching and learning. Our courses meet synchronously, inperson, but allow for flexibility to remote-in on those occasions when life happens, and you are unable to get to campus. Flexibility doesn’t end there; the video recording and curating technology means you can revisit a particular subject discussed by simply rewatching that section of the class on your own time and refining your notes. After viewing the recording, questions are bound to come up; for this, our Instructors and Learner Success Coordinators are available for help through both in-person and virtual support hours.  

What (competencies) you learn 

One of our guiding principles is that knowledge is what learners gain from the materials presented in the course, but competency is the ability to apply that knowledge through a task in a simulated work setting. A competency is a way to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities. Below are a few of the many program competencies outlined with the Urban Agriculture certificate program.   

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the factors that influence urban farming including environmental, social, economic, and regulatory.  
  • Identify and describe the properties of, and threats to, urban farm soil and plants.  
  • Explore various urban farming infrastructures and the benefits/challenges of each one.  
  • Describe the salient characteristics of a functional management and marketing plan for an urban farm.  
  • Explain the broader domestic, global, social, and economic impacts of urban agriculture. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this an online program?

    At TIEP have took the best features of in-person learning and online learning to create an innovative and accelerated educational experience designed to meet the demands of a modern learners. Classes are taught synchronously at a set day and time like a most traditional course but only meet for about 20% of the time with the remaining 80% of the class being completed through guided online instruction.

  • How and where will I study?

    Classrooms are located in Freeport Hall, our new building on the Unity College Campus at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. All programs are built on the principles of competency-based Education (CBE) allowing the institute to respond quickly to an ever-changing workforce .

  • How much does it cost?

    Our cost per credit is $250, and we anticipate most learners being eligible to received Financial Aid (federal & state), which can reduce out-of-pocket costs significantly. Learn more about Paying for College.

  • How do I find out if I’m eligible for Financial Aid?

    The process is simple, complete the FAFSA and make sure to include the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions at Unity College school code 006858. If you have questions about financial aid, paying for college, or the process, our staff is ready and eager to help.

  • When do classes start?

    A start date has not been finalized yet as we continue to build programs and actively work towards an anticipated launch some time in late summer or early fall 2022.

  • What am I going to learn?

    The competencies and skills needed to be prepared and career ready, when entering or progressing in your industry.

  • How do I apply?

    The application will be launched as we get closer to an official start date. Until then you should fill out an inquiry form and we will keep you up to date on our progress towards an anticipated opening in late summer or early fall 2022.

Contact Us Today


Technical Institute for Environmental Professions
70 Farm View Drive
Freeport Hall – Pineland Farms
New Gloucester, Maine 04260

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