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Sustainable Agriculture Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 25

Term Effective: Fall 2013

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2014

Previous Versions:

Sustainable Agriculture - effective Fall 2010
Sustainable Agriculture - effective Fall 2006
Sustainable Agriculture - effective Fall 2004


The Sustainable Agriculture Certificate of Achievement program is designed to train farmers and gardeners in the techniques of sustainable food production. It provides a foundation in plant and soil science, integrated pest management, and ecological agriculture, and emphasizes the "how-to" aspects of organic gardening and farming, including tillage, compost production, and crop planning and production.

Students will engage actively in their learning experience by working on SRJC's Shone Farm, participating in the production and distribution of sustainable agriculture products, and participating with local farmers to discover and support best practices.

This program will prepare students for occupations that involve sustainable agriculture practices. Typical job titles include: farming, agricultural production, market gardener, farm manager, propagator, crop consultant, organic inspectors, farm advisor, agricultural supplier, compost production and sales.

For students interested in an Associate degree, a Sustainable Agriculture major is available. For more information see the Agriculture Department website.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Sustainable Agriculture program are:

  • Complete 25 units from
    • Sustainable Agriculture Requirements

Sustainable Agriculture Requirements - complete 25.00 units
AGRI 20 Introduction to Plant Science3.00
AGRI 60 Soil & Plant Nutrition3.00
AGRI 70 Integrated Pest Management3.00
SUSAG 50 Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture3.00
AGMEC 60 Agricultural Machinery & Equipment Skills2.00
SUSAG 160 Direct Farm Marketing2.00
SUSAG 109 Organic Crop Planning and Production4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 5.00 units from the following:
AGRI 56 Agricultural Enterprise Project2.00-4.00
AGRI 98 Independent Study in Agriculture1.00-3.00
SUSAG 64 Warm Season Vegetable Production2.00
SUSAG 65 Cool Season Vegetable Production2.00
SUSAG 103 Composting for Commercial Organic Farming and Gardening1.00
SUSAG 110 Organic Gardening and Food Production4.00
SUSAG 116 Organic Apple Production1.00
SUSAG 117 Organic Fruit Tree & Berry Production1.50
SUSAG 118 Olive Oil Production, Processing & Sensory Evaluation1.00
SUSAG 119 Specialty Crop Production2.00
SUSAG 130 Sustainable Gardens and Landscapes1.00
SUSAG 161 Community Supported Agriculture Early Spring1.50
SUSAG 162 Community Supported Agriculture Late Spring2.00
SUSAG 163 Community Supported Agriculture Summer2.00
SUSAG 164 Community Supported Agriculture Early Fall2.00
SUSAG 165 Community Supported Agriculture Late Fall2.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.


The Career Certificate will be awarded upon completion of all requirements with a grade of "C" or better.

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