Tompkins Cortland Community College

Catalog 2017-18

Sustainable Farming and Food Systems

(HEGIS: 5499)

A.A.S. Degree

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 the College's main campus and work closely with food retailers, restaurants, as well as the College Eatery and the College’s Coltivare culinary center in downtown Ithaca as part of the College's unique Farm to Bistro concept.

Program Requirements

(for those matriculating in 2017-2018)


A.A.S., requirements, career options

Career Opportunities

This program should have wide appeal to students with diverse career goals. Those wishing to become farmers will gain practical on-farm experience with issues such as spring planning, farm management, pest control, harvesting techniques, and post-harvest handling. Students who wish to work more broadly with community groups in advocacy positions will find courses that emphasize social issues, ecological relationships, and ethical considerations.

Transfer Options

Graduates may continue their education via transfer to a four-year college or university.

For specific transfer information, contact the Counseling, Career, and Transfer Services office.

Program Chair

Taylor Reid, Ph.D.
TC3 Farm Education Director

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