Focuses on sustainable farming and building resilient food systems. Students gain hands-on skills such as food cultivation, design of annual and perennial production systems, season-extension technologies, food preservation, and awareness of food safety rules. Students also learn entrepreneurial skills and develop critical thinking about the intersection of ecological, economic, and social systems as they relate to food and farming. Through internships and service-learning projects, students build their professional networks while gaining the tools to become active participants in shaping the regional food economy. This program also provides a certificate that can easily transfer into an associate’s degree program in Farm and Food Systems.
- Curriculum documents
- Farm and Food Systems (ffs) required courses – from our official academic catalog
- Degree completion checklist (2018-19) – a worksheet to track your progress towards completing this program
To plan certificate completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled.
This is just one way you might complete the Farm and Food Systems Certificate Program in 2 semesters over 1 year of full-time study, or 4 semesters over 2 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information download the Farm and Food Systems program description from our official academic catalog.
Sample 1 Year Sequence of Courses Fall Spring
Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses Fall 1 Spring 1 Fall 2 Spring 2
Student learning outcomes
Depending on prior experience, pursue a farm apprenticeship, start a farm or food enterprise, or form a mission-driven organization; find employment in sustainable farming, food processing, or food justice work; continue academic studies in an associate’s degree program in Farm and Food Systems.
The Farm and Food Systems program is a certificate that “stacks” into a GCC degree program. Depending on course selection, once you earn this certificate you’re already halfway to earning one of the following degrees:
These certificates are a great way to gain a valuable credential and increase your earning power and career potential, all while building a solid foundation for seamless transfer into one of our associate degree programs. Work closely with your advisor to make sure you choose the right classes to put you on track for an associate degree!
Learn more about our stackable degrees and certificates »
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