The Sustainable Agriculture program is housed within the Life Sciences Department at City College and offers a hands-on approach to becoming a professional and/or academic in the fields of sustainable agriculture and market farming.
We offer an Associate's degree for those planning to continue education in agriculture at a university as well as five certificates of performance and achievement for those interested in developing a background in agriculture, working in the industry, or starting your own business.
The goals of the program are to:
1. Help our society improve the health of its environment, food, and communities;
2. Give students practical experience working alongside professional farmers & agriculture faculty;
3. Teach students how to critically analyze historical and current food systems to offer more sustainable solutions.
Why do we need to train farmers?
The average age of US farmers is 59 years old. Over 50% of the world's population currently lives in cities. 15% of the world's food is currently currently grown in cities. According to UN projections, 2/3 of the world's population will be living in cities by 2030. We need more farmers to meet the growing need for food and to ensure local food security.
The USDA projects that "the agricultural, food, and renewable natural resources sectors of the U.S. economy will generate an estimated 54,400 annual openings in food, renewable energy, and environmental specialties between 2010 and 2015." And, relevant to our program, among the priority occupations are:
For more information on USDA Agriculture and Food job projections through 2015 click here and here.
- Crop Management Consultant
- Land Use Manager
- Precision Agriculture Specialist
- Organic Agriculture Entrepreneur
- Renewable Energy Crop Producer
- Restoration Forester
- Seed Producer