Coursework in sustainable agriculture, organic vegetable production and current issues in food and agriculture. Academic programs involve Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. Research conducted on alternative crops, organic production/sustainability, and integrated pest management. Assists New Mexico small farm operators through the Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde.
"The Profitable Small Farms program combines hands-on learning and classroom teaching to develop the skills to start a small farm. The program has a dual focus on the technical skills to produce food sustainably with minimal negative environmental impacts and the entrepreneurial skills to develop and manage a community-based agricultural business. Throughout the program students practice growing food crops and manage small animals on the LBCC student organic farm. Farm-direct marketing is experienced by managing the college CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, and selling to the campus restaurants and students and staff at the college farmers' market."
This certificate focuses on "the principles of agribusiness management, sustainable agriculture and direct farm marketing" and is designed to teach students the skills in small sustainable farm business management needed to "enter the workforce as a small farm owner or manager."
The New Mexico State University Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde "conducts agricultural and natural resource research to benefit small family farms and ranches of north-central New Mexico."