Associate's Degree

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Applied Science (AAS) degree program “includes technical training in food production, student-driven research, and co-creation of community engagement initiatives. Hands-on, experiential, transdisciplinary learning is emphasized through student engagement in the campus gardens and food system where students participate in developing food sovereignty strategies that can be trialed and learned from.”

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The program includes sustainable and organic agriculture techniques practiced on the islands of Maui and Moloka'i. Courses in Sustainable Tropical Crop Production.

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The Agricultural Technology (A.A.S.) is offered through a joint agreement with the Lansing Community College and the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT).

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"The Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAgE) Emphasis, Associates of Arts (A.A.) or Associates of Science (A.S.) degree integrates the study of food production methods and food systems models for sustainable bioregions."  Topics covered include agroecology, ecological urban food production, agroforestry, food systems analysis, food culture and politics, a seminar in bioregional food systems careers, and an internship, practicum or research in sustainable agriculture.

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"The Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAgE) Emphasis, Associates of Arts (A.A.) or Associates of Science (A.S.) degree integrates the study of food production methods and food systems models for sustainable bioregions." Topics covered include agroecology, urban food production, agroforestry, food systems analysis, and an internship, practicum or research in sustainable agriculture.

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The college also offers related Certificates of Achievement. The certified organic 5.8 acre Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden is located at the Novato campus and is managed through a partnership with Conservation Corps North Bay and University of California Cooperative Extension. College of Marin is home to the nation's first State-approved Apprenticeship in Organic Farming and Gardening.

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The Integrated Agriculture and Food Systems program combines education in the fundamentals of crop, soil, and livestock management with instruction in business management. It focuses on "the integration of crop and livestock production principles to create sustainable farming and food systems." 

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Coursework for the program covers organic fruit and crop production, organic gardening, viticulture, integrated pest management, composting, specialty crops and sustainable crop production.

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The Program "provides instructional and hands-on learning in the production, harvesting, marketing, and use of specialty crops" and covers sustainable and organic production, integrated pest management, crops grown in controlled environments, and more.

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