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Sustainable Agriculture Education

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Small Farm Agriculture

Learn to grow food and develop and manage small farm agriculture systems and businesses for local markets and clients.

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Study and practice fundamental and emerging sustainability approaches to small farm agriculture — such as agroecology and soil and plant sciences; growing diverse specialty and orchard crops from greenhouse to field; and implementing post-harvest operations and direct-market and business plans.

Earn one or more of the following:

  • Small Farm Agriculture: Agroecology Certificate (16-18 credits)
  • Small Farm Agriculture: Crop Production Certificate (15-17 and 29-31 credits)
  • Small Farm Agriculture: Business Practices Certificate (15-17 and 29-31 credits)
  • Small Farm Agriculture Systems Certificate (42-44 credits)
  • Agroecology and Small Farm Food Systems Associate of Applied Science-Transfer Degree (90-plus credits)

Small Farm Agriculture course topics include:

  • Agroecology:  An Ecological Approach to Agriculture
  • Soil Science and Conservation
  • Horticulture Plant Science
  • Small Farming Systems and Practices
  • Greenhouse Production Systems
  • Specialty Row Crop Production [or]
  • Mixed Orchard Production
  • Small Farm Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Business Planning
  • Post-Harvest to Local Market Management [or]
  • Sustainable Food System Practices
  • Small Farm Food System Careers Seminar
  • Internship, Practicum, or Research in Sustainable Agriculture

Explore related sustainable agriculture classes and programs at Edmonds Community College and Seattle Central Community College.

Contact us to learn more and get on our information list:

Sustainable Agriculture Education
Environmental Conservation Department
360.416.7816 |

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1205107. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Contact Us

Claus Svendsen
Department Chair

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Information Sessions

Program information sessions are scheduled by the program faculty. For a current schedule of dates/times, please contact the department chairperson.

Winter Quarter Classes

  • Soil Science and Conservation (ENVAG 106)
  • Greenhouse Production Systems (ENVAG 127)
  • Small Farm Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Business Planning (ENVAG 171)
  • Inernship in Sustainable Agriculture (ENVAG 199)

Students and the community are welcome!

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