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.
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.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
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.
- Plan and manage diverse crop farming enterprises based on ecological management practices.
- Apply scientific literacy to the management of agricultural systems.
- Identify and pursue appropriate market channels for vegetable and fruit crops.
- Utilize appropriate tools and techniques for the propagation, maintenance, and harvest of organically grown crops.