Program Goals Statement
The Sustainable Agriculture program is designed to address the issues of a safe, reliable food supply and the environmental relationships of agriculture with resource use, energy consumption and climate change. The goal of this program is to provide the practical training and experience for sustainable farming and gardening and is directed towards new farmers, gardeners, landscapers, nursery producers, and farm managers. Graduates will be prepared to enter farming, gardening, community organizations, agricultural businesses, or to continue their education in sustainable food production and agricultural professions.
- Graduates are prepared with the scientific basis and technical skills necessary to pursue a career as a sustainable agriculture professional.
- Hands-on experience in laboratories and field experiences allows students to put into practice knowledge gained in the classroom.
- Graduates of this program are not only prepared to work as sustainable agricultural professionals, advisors, and managers; they also are prepared with the fundamentals for pursuing further study in the field of agriculture and related natural sciences.
Students should choose from AGR, BIO, SCI, SOC, SUS to complete at least 61 credits.
- Continue education at a 4-year program such as University of Massachusetts/Amherst Sustainable Food and Farming Program or University of Rhode Island (URI) Sustainable Agriculture Program.
- Pursue a career as a professional organic landscape or garden consultant.
- Pursue a career as an organic producer.
- Employment on one of over 170 S.E. Massachusetts or Rhode Island organic farms.
- Employment at a nursery, landscaper, or garden center business.
- Employment with a community development organization or school gardens program.
- Students with a 2-year Associate Degree are eligible to serve as an agricultural volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps.