Sep 22, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, Certificate

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Program Description

The Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security Program provides students with practical hands-on learning that the agricultural industry demands, while also giving special attention to the ecological and social justice aspects of the discipline. At its core the program focuses on crop planning for profitability, organic and other sustainable practices, cutting-edge tool and equipment training for small acreage fruit and vegetable production, marketing strategies; and efficient planting, management, and harvest techniques.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the interrelationship between people and their food supply with broad coverage of food products, food technology methods, and food safety issues; evaluate the effect of agricultural practices on the environment, human health and the economy.
  • Explain and demonstrate the biological, chemical and physical conditions necessary for organic plant growth and reproduction, and discuss/demonstrate how these conditions are maintained to enhance food production.
  • Identify and implement environmentally and economically sustainable methods for pest, weed and disease management for common Western Washington crops.
  • Communicate fundamental information about the practices and benefits of sustainable, organic agricultural principles and practices for food production as well as stewardship and community building 
  • Practice assessing the feasibility of developing a small acreage farming enterprise, including how to: evaluate personal and family/collaborative goals, evaluate land and personal resources, develop a plan, and research marketing, regulations, and community resources.
  • Develop a foundation to continue studies in agriculture, entrepreneurial gardening/farming, or other related fields.
  • Create a crop plan that is appropriate for the northwest region


Important Notes

  • Coursework is highly interactive and includes field-based learning and an internship.
  • This information does not substitute for meeting with a faculty adviser.
  • Students must achieve a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a minimum 2.0 GPA in each core course to attain a certificate.
  • Certificate degree programs emphasize preparation in specific job skills required for entry-level employment.
  • Not all courses are offered every quarter or at night.

Total Professional-Technical Courses: 21-24

Total Supporting Course Credits: 9-10 Credits

Total Related Instruction Courses Credits: 15

Total Program Credits: 45-49 credits

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