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Horticulture – Food and Farming

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Horticulture – Food and Farming

Artisan Agriculture

Horticulture – Food and Farming

Horticulture – Food and Farming

Become part of the rapidly evolving food sector and learn to create the wholesome locally produced, farm fresh food products in demand by today’s consumers. Many communities are looking for creative solutions to feed their own cities, and agri-tourism brings urban residents to farming areas and provides an enhanced awareness of local food production and expanded opportunities for marketing food products. Whether you are interested in developing new products for food companies, owning a greenhouse or operating a garden centre, you will gain skills in modern farming concepts 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 or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
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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


  • Co-ordinator of environmental and community projects with municipalities
  • Farm manager or production assistant on vegetable or fruit farms
  • Food inspector
  • Manager or production assistant for crop production in greenhouses
  • Manager or co-ordinator of roof-top and community gardens
  • Owner/operator of your own food production farm
  • Production manager or assistant for specialty or national brand food companies
  • Purchasing assistant for fruit and vegetables for processing or retail food companies
  • Sales person for garden, food or agricultural products


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

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$240$240
Total Fees:$4,231$14,403

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented by a field placement opportunity in food and farming. Successful completion of your placement is a requirement for graduation. Students may complete their field placement requirement in a variety of ways. For example, by successfully completing a related summer employment opportunity, a part-time work- related position or an off-campus placement during the third and fourth semesters of your program. All placement opportunities must be pre-approved by the program co- ordinator.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

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

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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Students applying to this program may be eligible to apply for the W. Garfield Weston Foundation Award. Qualified recipients of the award will receive $5,000 per year, for up to two years, including $1,500 for tuition and $3,500 for other expenses such as travel, food, books, tools and supplies. For more information, please visit the award page.

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  • code: AAGR
  • Program length: Four semesters
  • 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: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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