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What will I learn?

Learn the science and long-term skills of growing food for local markets in ecologically, economically and socially sustainable ways. A Sustainable Agriculture certificate will teach you the principles and practices of sustainable agriculture with a focus on direct market sales.

Your three-semester course sequence takes you through a season of planning, production, harvest and sales on Open Petal Farm, JCCC’s 3-acre farm on campus.

Take courses in horticulture and culinary arts as well as sustainable agriculture. Elective options range from entrepreneurship to environmental science to sociology.

Why JCCC?

Get your Sustainable Agriculture Certificate from the only higher education institution in Kansas to offer this program. Learn from faculty with advanced degrees in agriculture and horticultural science and decades of experience in market farming and agriculture.

As a Sustainable Agriculture student, you can:

  • Serve on JCCC’s Student Sustainability Committee.
  • Get a paid internship with Open Petal Farm or the on-campus composting/recycling program.
  • Participate in the Student Environmental Alliance, involved in many of JCCC’s sustainability projects.

Many courses and electives transfer to four-year schools. Consult with an academic advisor for specific options.

Once you complete our certificate and a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution, you are well prepared to enter the master’s program in Horticulture at Kansas State University with an emphasis on urban food systems.

Neil Rudisill, Sustainable Agriculture graduate and owner of Woodland City KC.

"The micro ag techniques you learn at JCCC is the take home. You are learning the right techniques and skills to use microfarming in innovative ways."

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Prepare for a career on your own farm or working in other aspects of the farm and food system. Take your skills back to your farm to enhance or adapt operations. If you have no farming background, use your knowledge to develop new farms.

Your certificate in sustainable market farming opens the door to a variety of careers:

  • Manage a farmer’s market
  • Operate a greenhouse
  • Create food system policy for communities or governmental agencies
  • Oversee a composting program
  • Work as a chef or staff in a restaurant that uses/grows/purchases sustainably produced food

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Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.

You might be eligible for a scholarship specifically designed for Sustainable Agriculture students at JCCC. To be considered, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or higher
  • Fill out the JCCC scholarship and admission application.