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GCC 2013-14 Academic Catalog

Farm and Food Systems (lff) Liberal Arts Option


Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts

60-61 credits

Satisfies MassTransfer Block

Required courses

The option

Explores the broad field of sustainable farming and food systems. It provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the ecological, economic, political, and social systems as they relate to food and farming. Through additional applied courses and internships, students learn hands-on skills such as food cultivation, preservation, processing, techniques for propagation, and season-extension, and design of annual and perennial production systems. Students engage in community partnerships and participate in bioregional efforts to support food security, local economies, and planning for resiliency.

Your next step

Transfer to a Baccalaureate program in Sustainable Food and Farming or apply gained knowledge to jobs in sustainable farming, agriculture policy, food-related enterprises, or food systems planning.


More info

The Farm and Food Systems option is one focused way to complete the Liberal Arts degree at GCC. By taking courses listed in this specific option, students complete courses that will help develop 100 and 200 course level knowledge and skills in a particular field. Students are advised to work closely with their GCC advisor to select the specific courses that will help meet their specific career or transfer goals. (Note: Students who complete this option will graduate with a diploma that reads "Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts.")

Please note that transfer to many four year colleges and universities will require the completion of four semesters of World Languages. Four sequential semesters of World Language classes from GCC will fulfill any UMass-Amherst language requirement.

Learn more

Option advisor

Mary Ellen Fydenkevez, Office: N421A, (413) 775-1441,

Related links

For a list of courses that can be taken online, refer to

Associate in Arts (AA) degrees

Associate in Science (AS) degrees


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