This micro certificate focuses on "specific skills and knowledge in agroecological food systems with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture practices for food production in small farm operations. This involves people and resources to produce, process, and distribute sustainable food products. Regulations regarding handling and processing are covered."
This certificate and micro certificate focus on "skills and knowledge in agroecological food systems with an emphasis on business practices for sustainable small farm operations." Both certificates cover some aspects of processing, distribution and marketing of sustainable food products to local markets. Regulations regarding handling and processing are covered.
"This certificate concentrates on sustainable agriculture practices and business practices for sustainable small farm operations as well as core agroecological principles and fundamental ecological farm principles."
"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."
Coursework for the program covers organic fruit and crop production, organic gardening, viticulture, integrated pest management, composting, specialty crops and sustainable production.
The Career Studies Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture is designed for persons interested in producing food crops for personal consumption or for sale to the public through farmers' markets and other direct-to-consumer marketing strategies.
This program offers hands-on learning at an urban farm. "Coursework includes soil and plant science, production of crops and raising small animals, along with the financial, marketing, and management skills."
Austin College offers two certificate options: Sustainable Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Vegetable Production.
Online courses may be taken individually or combined to earn this Certificate (non-credit). Courses include: Local and Global Food Systems; Sustainable Farming and Urban Agriculture; Between Farm and Table; Food Justice: Ethical Production and Distribution; and Food Systems Policy and Trends.