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Sustainable Farming and Food Systems

A.A.S. Degree*

Vibrant local and organic food movements have been sprouting up across the country, and the Finger Lakes region has been ahead of the curve in this movement: We have a plethora of successful diverse vegetable farms in the area, a variety of CSA options, and perhaps most-importantly, a high demand for local, organic food. These things have helped raise awareness and reconnect this area to its agricultural roots. Students entering the Sustainable Farming and Food Systems program at TC3 have the opportunity to play a role in this movement.

Program Information

The Sustainable Farming and Food Systems program emphasizes the practical skills it takes to manage a small, diverse farm, while providing students with a broad exposure to the social and ecological considerations of truly sustainable food production and distribution. Students in the program take courses in entrepreneurship, accounting, environmental studies, biology, and unique food systems seminars. They will apply this knowledge on a working farm located on TC3’s main campus and work closely with food retailers, restaurants, as well as the TC3 Eatery and the College’s planned Coltivare culinary center in downtown Ithaca as part of the College’s unique Farm to Bistro program.

Career Opportunities

This program should have wide appeal to students with diverse career goals. Those wishing to become farmers will gain practical on-farm experience with issues such as spring planning, farm management, pest control, harvesting techniques, and post-harvest handling. Students who wish to work more broadly with community groups in advocacy positions will find courses that emphasize social issues, ecological relationships, and ethical considerations.  

*This program has been approved by the TC3 Board of Trustees and is awaiting state approval.

Program Chair

Kelly Wessell
Professor (Biology)
E-mail

Sustainable Farming and Food Systems AAS (Semester Plan)

Fall Semester

ENVS 115

Sustainable Farming I:  Fall Crop Production and Post-Harvest Handling

4

CAPS 121

Introduction to Spreadsheets

1

ENVS 107 Economy, Society and the Environment OR
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology OR
CULI/HRMG/WINE Elective1

3-4

ENGL 100*

Academic Writing I*

3

ENVS 101

Biological Resource Conservation

3

ENVS 110

Food Systems Seminar I:  Dilemmas

2

Total

16-17

Spring Semester

ENVS 140

Sustainable Farming II:  Preparation and Planting

4

MATH Elective

3

ENGL 101

Academic Writing II

3

BIOL 105

General Biology II

4

ENVS 111

Food Systems Seminar II: Rebuilding the Food System

2

Total Credits

16

Summer Session

ENVS 201

Sustainable Farming III:  Marketing, Management and Pest Control

6

BUAD 103

Entrepreneurship I

3

ENVS 105

Environmental Ethics

3

Total Credits

12

Fall Semester 2

ENVS 112

Food Systems Seminar III:  New Directions

2

ENVS 285

Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Capstone

3

BIOL 211 General Ecology OR
CULI/HRMG/WINE  Elective1

3-4

ENGL 201 OR
ENGL 204

Fundamentals of Speech OR
Fundamentals Interpersonal Communication

3

ACCT 101 Principles of Accounting OR
CULI/HRMG/WINE Elective1

3-4

Total Credits

14-16

Minimum Required Credits  60

*Students who place directly into ENGL 101 must replace these credits with a three credit liberal arts & sciences elective.