A certificate in Sustainable Agriculture introduces basic principles and hands on experience in production and marketing of locally grown food. Experiential and classroom learning will focus on principles of environmental, economic, and social sustainability emphasized through practicum courses, field trips, guest lectures, and engagement with local farming and food communities. Students will be prepared for beginning occupations in sustainable market farming, ecological farm management, local food policy or advocacy organizations, produce management, school garden management, or related fields.

(Major Code 5290; CIP Code 01.0308)

Sustainable Agriculture Program web page

Certificate Requirements

Fall Semester

Program Elective (see below)3
SAG 167Local Food Production3
or HMGT 167 Local Food Production
SAG 245Principles of Sustainable Market Farming3
SAG 255Organic and Integrated Pest Management3
SAG 272Sustainable Agriculture Fall Practicum2
Total Hours14

Spring Semester

Program Elective (see below)3
SAG 165Farm Producer Food Safety3
SAG 260Sustainable Soil Management3
SAG 274Sustainable Agriculture Spring Practicum2
SAG 285Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Internship*2
Total Hours13

Summer Semester

SAG 276Sustainable Agriculture Summer Practicum2
Total Hours2

Total Program Hours: 29

Program Electives

SAG 142Small Farm Business Planning and Management3
SAG 170Value-Added Production3
or HMGT 170 Value-Added Production
SAG 205Agroecology in the Americas3
SAG 225On-Farm Plant Breeding3
SAG 250Sustainable Food Systems*3

This course has registration requirements.