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Horticulture – Food and Farming

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Horticulture – Food and Farming

Artisan Agriculture

Horticulture – Food and Farming

Artisan Agriculture

Horticulture – Food and Farming

Horticulture – Food and Farming

Grow local!

With 13.5 million people in Ontario eating every day, the food industry is now the province’s largest employer with more than 150,000 employees. Many communities are now looking for creative solutions to feed their own cities through both field and urban agriculture. Whether you are interested in developing a new product for food companies; owning a farm or greenhouse; or operating a garden centre, you will gain skills that will prepare you for a variety of career options.

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Program Description

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:

  • Plant propagation
  • Soil and plant nutrition
  • Fruit and vegetable production under field, greenhouse, garden and container conditions
  • Product development
  • 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.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C, M or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)

Please note: Applicants who do not have the admissions criteria for the Food and Farming program may want to consider applying to Durham College’s General Arts and Science program to better prepare themselves and possibly obtain a transferable/elective credit from the School of Science & Engineering Technology.

For more information, please contact or 905.721.3000.

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Field to Fork vision

Field-to-fork is a concept based on the harvesting, storage, processing, packaging, sale and consumption of food – in particular the production of local food for local consumers.

Durham College has adopted this concept and applied it to a diverse range of programs that crossover traditional academic schools with the curriculum, faculty expertise and equipment required to implement field to fork built into several of the college’s programs.

Capitalizing on classroom and lab equipment availability, select courses may be offered at any of our locations including the Oshawa and Whitby campuses and the new Centre for Food (CFF), the heart of the college’s field-to-fork vision.

Development on the CFF, which opened to students in September 2013, is continually underway including extensive landscaping planning for the grounds surrounding the building. This includes plans for a future on-campus orchard, pollinator garden, greenhouse, demonstrator gardens, green roof, agricultural planting zone and arboretum. 

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Career Options

Graduate employment may be found in:

  • Agriculture, garden and food product sales
  • Community and roof-top garden maintenance
  • Environmental and community projects at municipal offices
  • Field production
  • Food inspection
  • Greenhouse production
  • Specialty or national brand food companies
  • Self-employment
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary$1,057$1,617
Program Incidental$200$200
Total Fees:$3,945$13,995

Please note: fees are based on the 2014-2015 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placements

A work placement opportunity is highly encouraged to be  completed  during the summer between year one and two of the program. However there will be other opportunities to do so in the second year of the program.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Qualified graduates may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities. 

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to Fleming College's Sustainable Agriculture Co-op program that has a pathway to Trent University.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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  • Program length: Two-year
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Primary location Whitby (some courses may be offered in Oshawa)
  • School: School of Science & Engineering Technology (SET)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,687 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2015
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2016
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: September 2015
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: January 2016
  • code: AAGR
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