Stark State’s new certificate in intensive sustainable agriculture provides competence in the rapidly growing sustainable agriculture and horticulture industry in Ohio and across the U.S.
You’ll focus on intensive, small-scale systems particularly suited to urban locations, schoolyards, restaurants or other non-traditional agricultural production settings, and you’ll be able to design, plan and operate a small-scale intensive and sustainable crop production system.
Take a look if you’re
- wanting to own and operate a small market-garden or micro-farm business
- seeking employment in horticulture or landscape professions
- a teacher interested in implementing K-12 “garden-to-classroom” programs
- a culinary professional who want to add food production to their employable skill set
- an institutional nutrition specialist adding continuing education credit
- a horticultural professional who looking for specific training in sustainable/organic production methods.
The certificate features three core courses providing comprehensive training in
- soil, water and fertility management for sustainable crop production
- plant propagation methods
- sustainable growing systems planning and design
- pest management in sustainable systems
- protected (multi-season) and non-soil growing systems
- advanced growing system design (polyculture and permaculture)
- integrated crop and livestock production systems
- food safety as it applies to production systems.