New Farmer Training and Sustainable Agriculture Education Program Begins Fall 2014
Earn an Associates Degree in Sustainable Farming and Food Systems while developing the practical skills and experience necessary to run a small farm business.
Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) in Dryden, New York (just outside of Ithaca) has developed a new degree program as part of their Farm to Bistro initiative.
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.