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Texas Seminary Christian University Urban Agriculture & Forestry Certification




6 Months

About the Course

Texas Seminary Christian University

6-Month Biblical Based Urban Agriculture and Forestry Certification Program

Course Description:

This course will explore the principles of urban agriculture from a biblical perspective, examining the connections between food production, sustainability, and our responsibilities as stewards of the earth. Participants will learn about various urban agriculture techniques, including rooftop gardens, vertical farming, and hydroponics. They will also gain an understanding of climate-smart agriculture and natural resource conservation practices. Throughout the course, participants will be encouraged to apply biblical principles to their urban agriculture projects, considering issues such as social justice, environmental stewardship, and community development.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of climate-smart agriculture and apply them to urban farming and gardening practices

  • Implement sustainable urban gardening or farming techniques to minimize environmental impact

  • Design and manage efficient and productive urban farms and or gardens.

  • Identify and control common plant diseases and pests using organic methods

  • Navigate urban agriculture policies and regulations

  • Establish, maintain, or work with a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program or farmers market

  • Harvest, preserve, and distribute urban agriculture products effectively

  • Understand the role of pollination in urban agriculture and promote pollinator-friendly practices

  • Apply biblical principles to their urban agriculture practices to promote sustainable living and environmental stewardship

Dean of Urban Forestry and Agriculture

Coy L. Poitier

Coy L. Poitier

Coy's passion for sustainable food systems fuels his work as co-owner of Poitier and Associates, an agricultural consulting firm dedicated to green landscapes, vibrant gardens, and food-secure communities in Dallas. Mr. Poitier serves as Dean of The College of Forestry and Agriculture at Texas Seminary Christian University.

Leadership resonates in Coy's commitment to public service. He chairs the USDA Farm Service Agency's Dallas Urban County Committee and serves as State Director of the National Association of Farmer Elected Committees, championing sustainable agriculture on a broader scale. His expertise extends to the ground level as aTexas Certified Master Gardener and urban farmer.

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