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Sustainable Agriculture Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 23
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Term Effective: Fall 2006


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.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Sustainable Agriculture Certificate program are:

  • Complete 23 units from
    • Sustainable Agriculture Requirements

Sustainable Agriculture Requirements - complete 23.00 units
AGRI 20Introduction to Plant Science3.00
AGRI 60Soil & Plant Nutrition3.00
AGRI 70Integrated Pest Management3.00
SUSAG 50Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture3.00
SUSAG 110Organic Gardening and Food Production4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 5.00 units from the following:
AGMEC 60Agricultural Machinery & Equipment Skills2.00
AGRI 56Agricultural Enterprise Project2.00-4.00
AGRI 98Independent Study in Agriculture1.00-3.00
HORT 73Cut Flowers: Field Grown Production for Sonoma County1.00
HORT 120AHerbs: Their Culture and Use1.50
HORT 120BMedicinal Plants1.50
HORT 140Fruit Tree Selection and Planting1.50
SUSAG 64Warm Season Vegetable Production2.00
SUSAG 65Cool Season Vegetable Production2.00
SUSAG 103Composting for Commercial Organic Farming and Gardening1.00
SUSAG 114Warm Season Vegetable Production2.00
SUSAG 115Cool Season Vegetable Production2.00
SUSAG 116Organic Apple Production1.00
SUSAG 117Organic Fruit Tree & Berry Production1.50
SUSAG 118Olive Oil Production, Processing & Sensory Evaluation1.00
SUSAG 119Specialty Crop Production2.00
SUSAG 130Sustainable Gardens and Landscapes1.00
SUSAG 131Organic Gardening Basics0.50-1.00
SUSAG 160Direct Farm Marketing2.00
SUSAG 161Community Supported Agriculture Early Spring1.50
SUSAG 162Community Supported Agriculture Late Spring1.50
SUSAG 163Community Supported Agriculture Summer2.00
SUSAG 164Community Supported Agriculture Early Fall2.00
SUSAG 165Community Supported Agriculture Late Fall2.00
VIT 111Organic Viticulture 3.0 Units DELETE3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 2.00 units from the following:
SUSAG 111Organic Crop Planning2.00
SUSAG 112Organic Crop Production2.00

Term Effective: Fall 2006

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 2010

Previous Versions:

Sustainable Agriculture - effective Fall 2004

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

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