Agroecology Program Description
Agroecology uses the study of ecology to evaluate the productivity of agricultural systems. This includes the dynamics between technological advances, biophysical interactions, socioeconomic relationships, and the geology/geomorphology of a region.
Use of local resources, conservation and preservation of the environment and efficiency (saving both money and resources) are the goal for success in farming via Agroecology. This is ideal for a small farm in areas that may suffer economically or have limited natural resources (due to over-use, difficult terrain, or small parcels of land available).
Traditional production agriculture is changing as people begin to question where the food that they eat originates, what chemicals were used, if crops have been genetically modified or if growth hormones were used. Smaller farms must be more efficient and learn to grow crops that have higher value (monetarily or in high demand) in order to compete with larger “mega” farms. Technology and interdisciplinary education can help small farmers succeed and that is the goal of this program, to provide that interdisciplinary education through technological advances to be economically and environmentally responsible and succeed.
Choosing unique crops or animals, such as heirloom annual vegetables, perennial fruits and nuts, organic crops, medicinal herbs, antibiotic-free and pasture raised livestock (goats, sheep, cattle), wool (sheep, llama, alpaca), winter-hardy grapes (that can be sold to local wineries) are all examples of the interesting and profitable choices for small farming.
Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.
All-inclusive pricing includes the following:
$20........Health Center Services
$75........Career Center Services
Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.
*Recommended for all first-year college students.
A Career in Agroecology Offers Amazing Possibilities!
Are you concerned about the global food crisis, diminishing soil health, polluted waterways, etc? Take action. Grow and market food for local communities. Discover how to model nature on the path to creating sustainable agriculture and the next food revolution.
Small scale Community Supported Agriculture Operators avg $30,000 while other roles average $30-$40,000. The Agriculture industry will add 26,000 new jobs each year with half in the field of sustainable Ag, government, and education.
Potential job titles include Community Supported Agriculture Manager, Urban Agriculture Director, Community Agriculture Director, Agricultural Technician, Agriculture Inspector, Organic Farm Certification Specialist, Small and Mid-Size Farm Management, or Food Systems Development.
Additional Benefits of this program include:
- Internships on small farms and businesses, including our 7 acre farm at the Logan Campus which has a hoop house, orchard, vineyard, and Ag building complete with a heated greenhouse.
- Maximize your marketability- the best and most environmentally applicable training to Agriculture, Business, and Sustainable Ag Education.
- Dig into a "hands-on" program where you will accumulate technical job skills plus the professional judgment to work independently.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success.
- CE - Communicates Effectively
- PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
- CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
- ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
- HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
- MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
- GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural
- IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology
To learn more about each of these, click here.
Program OutcomesThe following outcomes are skills, behaviors,
- Employ agroecology principles to support environmental sustainability. Preventing the degradation of water, air, soil, or other natural resources.
- Apply scientific concepts and practices within the disciplines of biology, chemistry, and geology to methods of sustainable farming and farm management.
- Use technology and current research to solve complex or changing agricultural problems.
- Develop plans to survey, protect and sustain existing wildlife as well as domestic animals on the farm.
- Collect, analyze, and evaluate environmental and economical methods of farming to design successful and viable farm management and marketing plans.
- Construct and defend a personal land ethic that embodies sociological, ecological, and agrarian principles.