Guided by a field-to-fork philosophy, this program prepares students to be leaders in the rapidly evolving food sector. Working in a one-of-a-kind environment, you will learn to create the wholesome, locally produced, farm-fresh food in demand by today’s consumers, and how you can contribute solutions to communities looking to feed cities in creative and sustainable ways. In addition, you will experience how agri-tourism brings urban residents to farming and will have an enhanced awareness of local food production.
With more than 50 hours of your time spent in the labs and fields of the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, you will gain a unique hands-on opportunity to become familiar with the concepts that are critical to the food and agricultural industry, all within the context of a field-to-fork philosophy. You will learn in our fields, greenhouses, hoop house and state-of-the-art food chemistry and processing labs, while planning for, planting, tending to and harvesting more than 50 different varieties of produce, berry bushes, herbs and more.
Through the development of your own value-added food products, you will have a greater knowledge and understanding of the opportunities that come with food production. Whether you are interested in a career with a food company, managing a food operation, developing your own food product or owning a greenhouse or production farm, you will gain critical skills in modern farming concepts and food processing to position you as an industry leader.
The Food and Farming program will offer you a hands-on opportunity to become familiar with the concepts of food production.
You will focus on:
Soil and plant nutrition
Fruit and vegetable production under field, greenhouse, garden and container conditions
Food processing including niche processing of local foods
Food and agriculture regulations
Disease and pest management
Business practices including product branding, entrepreneurship and marketing.
It will be offered at the Whitby campus, home of the college’s new Centre for Food. This incredible new learning centre will undergo further expansion to include orchards, agricultural fields, greenhouses and more. Students will also utilize the specialized laboratories at the college’s Oshawa campus and participate in several field trips through the year.
Please note: Students will be required to purchase green tag safety boots in order to participate in many laboratory settings.
Please note: This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905.721.3126. Please refer to Admission Processes for more details regarding highly competitive programs.
Chemistry For Food Technicians (AGCT 2131)
Fruits For Artisan And Urban Agriculture (AGFA 1131)
Food And Agriculture Regulations And Policies (AGFA 2131)
Fundamentals Of Botany, Plant Pathology & Entomology (AGFB 1131)
Propagation Of Vegetables For Field And Urban Agriculture (AGPV 1131)
Technical Report Writing For Horticulture (TECH 1132)
Food Chemistry & Analysis (AGFC 3131)
Food Microbiology (AGFM 2131)
Mathematics For Horticulture & Artisan Agriculture (AGHM 1131)
Farm Planning & Design (AGPD 2131)
Topics In Field & Urban Agriculture (AGTA 1131)
Career Planning & Development (CARR 2131)
Introduction To Soils, Agriculture And Horticulture (HTIS 2131)
Food Safety (AGFO 3131)
Process Operations For Artisan I (AGFS 3131)
Harvest & Post Harvest Methods & Systems (AGOH 3133)
General Education Elective (GNED 0000)
General Elective Credit (GNED 1000)
Greenhouse Structure, Controls And Energy Management (HTGS 4131)
Field Placement (PLAC 1102)
Artisan Product Development (AGPD 4131)
Process Operations For Artisan II (AGPO 4131)
General Education Elective (GNED 0000)
Greenhouse Production And Indoor Plants (HTGP 2131)
Entrepreneurship (HTHE 4131)
Integrated Pest Management (HTIP 4131)
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.
YEAR ONE FEES
Please note: fees are based on the 2019-2020 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please
Other fees to consider.
WHAT YOU COULD BE:
Coordinator of environmental and community projects with municipalities
Farm manager or production assistant on vegetable or fruit farms
Manager or coordinator of roof-top and community gardens
Manager or production assistant for crop production in greenhouses
Owner/operator of your own food production farm
Quality control technician
Product development technician
WHERE YOU COULD WORK:
Agriculture, garden and food product sales
Community and roof-top gardens
Entrepreneur/small business owner
Municipal parks and recreation departments
Specialty or national brand food companies
Your learning experience will be complemented by a field placement opportunity in food and farming. Students work on farms, in greenhouses, at food production operations, apiaries and with small food entrepreneurs.
Capstone product development
Bringing together all the learning in the program, students complete a final semester capstone project that requires the development of a value-added food product. In addition, students have opportunities to showcase their product publicly.
Program Transfer, Degree Completion and Additional Credentials
Durham College also offers degree completion opportunities with a number of Canadian and international institutions. Sample diploma-to-degree opportunities include: