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|Sustainable Agriculture Certificate
||Agriculture & Natural Resources
Total Units: 25
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.
The requirements for the Sustainable Agriculture Certificate program are:
Complete 25 units from
- Sustainable Agriculture Requirements
|Sustainable Agriculture Requirements - complete 25.00 units|
|AGMEC 50||Agricultural Machinery and Equipment Skills||3.00|
|AGRI 20||Introduction to Plant Science||3.00|
|AGRI 60||Soil & Plant Nutrition||3.00|
|AGRI 70||Integrated Pest Management||3.00|
|SUSAG 50||Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture||3.00|
|SUSAG 160||Direct Farm Marketing||2.00|
|SUSAG 109||Organic Crop Planning and Production||4.00|
|Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:|
|AGRI 56||Agricultural Enterprise Project||2.00-4.00|
|AGRI 98||Independent Study in Agriculture||1.00-3.00|
|ANSCI 153||Sustainable Agriculture Production Systems with Animals||3.00|
|SUSAG 64||Warm Season Crop Production||2.00|
|SUSAG 65||Cool Season Vegetable Production||2.00|
|SUSAG 103||Composting for Organic Farming and Gardening||1.00|
|SUSAG 116||Organic Apple Production||1.00|
|SUSAG 117||Organic Fruit Tree and Berry Production||1.50|
|SUSAG 118||Olive Oil Production, Processing & Sensory Evaluation||1.00|
|SUSAG 119||Specialty Crop Production||2.00|
|SUSAG 120||Organic Gardening and Food Production||2.00|
|SUSAG 153||Community Supported Agriculture||2.00|
|SUSAG 163||Community Supported Agriculture Summer||2.00|
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.
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.
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.
The Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon completion of all requirements with a grade of "C" or better.