The Sustainable Farming and Food Systems program at Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York (near Ithaca) 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 Coltivare culinary center in downtown Ithaca as part of the College’s unique Farm to Bistro concept.
Through this program you can earn a degree in four semesters (1 1/2 years), and be ready to move on to a four year college, enter the workforce, or start your own sustainable farm or food business. Community college is an affordable way to get an education.
Financial aid and housing are available.