"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.
This program offers both a short-term certificate (one semester) and a one-year certificate.
The Sustainable Agriculture Certificate program in partnership with Kansas State University (Olathe) provides education and "hands on experience in production and direct marketing of locally grown food."
"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 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."
This interdisciplinary 12-credit Graduate Certificate "is one focus area of the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability."
This undergraduate certificate was approved by the Shepherd University Board of Governors in March 2018. "The Sustainable Food Production certificate will prepare non-degree seeking students with the theory, practice and real-life experience needed to manage or launch a successful sustain able agriculture production enterprise."