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 varieties of hops, heirloom seed varieties, organic crops, antibiotic-free livestock (goats, sheep, emu, 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.
The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Technical Studies in Agroecology:
Total Credit Hours:
|Estimated Course Fees:
Class Hours: 33.5
Total Credit Hours:
Estimated Course Fees:
Class Hours: 37.0
|COURSE NO.||FIRST SEMESTER||Class Hours||Lab Hours||Credit Hours||Course Fee|
|ECO-2185||Sustainable Resource Area Management||1.00||4.00||3.00||$220.00|
|AG-1100||Introduction to Agroecology||0.00||1.00||0.50||$200.00|
|EQSI-1130||Farm Equipment and Maintenance||0.00||2.00||1.00||$235.00|
|ENGL-1510||English Composition I||4.00||0.00||4.00||$50.00|
|COURSE NO.||SECOND SEMESTER||Class Hours||Lab Hours||Credit Hours||Course Fee|
|GEOL-1105||Introduction to Soils||2.00||2.00||3.00||$160.00|
|AG-1230||Indoor Crop Production I||1.00||1.00||1.50||$175.00|
|AG-1240||Outdoor Crop Production I||1.00||1.00||1.50||$175.00|
|FOR-1131||Forest Entomology and Pathology||0.50||3.00||2.00||$100.00|
|AG-1310||Irrigation and Water Treatment||1.00||2.00||2.00||$130.00|
|COURSE NO.||SUMMER SEMESTER||Class Hours||Lab Hours||Credit Hours||Course Fee|
|NRM-2296||Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar||1.00||7.00||2.00||$100.00|
|OR||NRM-2297||Technology Assistant - Natural Resources||1.00||7.00||2.00||$100.00|
|COURSE NO.||THIRD SEMESTER||Class Hours||Lab Hours||Credit Hours||Course Fee|
|AG-2230||Indoor Crop Production I||1.00||1.00||1.50||$200.00|
|AG-2240||Outdoor Crop Production I||1.00||1.00||1.50||$150.00|
|WLM-2204||Wetland Ecology and Management||0.00||4.00||2.00||$165.00|
|COURSE NO.||FOURTH SEMESTER||Class Hours||Lab Hours||Credit Hours||Course Fee|
|AG-2101||Agroforestry & Perennial Agriculture||1.00||4.00||3.00||$150.00|
|AG-2220||Farm to Table||1.00||2.00||2.00||$145.00|
|AG-2430||Agroecology Capstone & Practicum||1.00||6.00||4.00||$115.00|
|***||Sustainable Agriculture Elective||0.00||0.00||2.00||-|
|Class Hours: 12.00||Lab Hours: 9.00||Cost: $877.00|
|Class Hours: 10.50||Lab Hours: 11.00||Cost: $590.00|
|Class Hours: 7.50||Lab Hours: 11.00||Cost: $830.00|
|Class Hours: 7.00||Lab Hours: 18.00||Cost: $1,085.00|
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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.
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