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.Back to Top
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 orchids, 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.Back to Top
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma or
- Mature Student Status
- Grade 12 English (C, M or U)*
- Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
*General Educational Development or Academic and Career Entrance courses may be considered in some programs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 905.721.3000.Back to Top
Field to Fork
The field-to-fork concept is 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. To capitalize on classroom and lab equipment availability select courses may be offered at any of our locations including the Oshawa and Whitby campuses and the Centre for Food.
The curriculum, faculty expertise and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment required to implement this concept have been built into each program, providing students with unparalleled exposure to field to fork.Back to Top
- Agriculture, garden and food product sales
- Community and roof-top garden maintenance
- Environmental and community projects at municipal offices
- Farmer’s markets
- Field production
- Food inspection
- Greenhouse production assistant or manager
- Marketing and/or sales for small specialty or national brand food companies
- Niche preservation and processing of local foods
- Urban agriculture product sales including backyard greenhouses and irrigation systems
Course List & Descriptions
Courses and course descriptions are for the next academic year and are subject to change.Back to Top
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Please note: fees are based on the 2013-2014 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.Back to Top
Internships & Placements
A work placement opportunity in your second year of study will enable you to work in the food and agriculture industry one day a week or during mutually arranged blocks of time while completing your studies.Back to Top
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 may choose to pursue further studies including the following Durham College programs:
Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.Back to Top
Students with disabilities who wish to discuss accommodation plans are encouraged to contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities.Back to Top