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Urban Agriculture – Associate of Applied Science

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 farming includes vertical, hydroponic, rooftop, community, aqua, beekeeping, and more. Urban vegetation helps mitigate the effects of the warming planet. In addition, urban agriculture may be the key to feeding the world. Urban agriculture in our region includes many community gardens, small farms, and commercial operations such as Vertical Harvest in Westbrook, Maine. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for agriculture and related jobs remains bright with an estimate of an additional 78,000 jobs to be added by 2030.  

Learn more about this program.

How you will learn

We have identified the best features of in-person and online learning, brought them together, and created an innovative and flexible education designed for the modern learner. All courses run on a two-week term calendar where learners take one course at a time. Every class meets in person regularly in addition to the online sections of the course. Using this flexible approach, learners leverage tools such as discussion boards, academic support resources, videos, and project-based assignments to demonstrate their understanding of the content. Our new facility in New Gloucester, Maine, is equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms deploying cutting-edge technology, laboratories, conference rooms, co-working/ study spaces, and more to support and enhance teaching and learning. 

What do you learn

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this an online program?

    No. We leverage in-person learning at our campus in New Gloucester, Maine, and supplement it with guided online instruction to create an innovative and flexible educational experience.

  • How and where will I study?

    All programs are delivered in person onsite in Freeport Hall on the Pineland Farms campus of Unity College70 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester, ME 04260.

  • How much does it cost?

    Our cost per credit is $250, we have no additional fees! Even at this price, most learners are eligible for Financial Aid (federal & state), which can reduce out-of-pocket costs significantly.

  • 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 career coaches are ready and eager to help.

  • When do classes start?

    There are 20 terms per year so there is always an opportunity to begin right around the corner.

  • What am I going to learn?

    Skills and competencies that have been identified as essential by subject matter experts in your field and will align with prospective employer needs.  

  • How do I apply?

    Applying is easy, free, and can be completed from almost any device, including a smartphone. Complete the online application. We also recommend all learners submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Contact the Technical Institute


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

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