Sep 27, 2020  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sustainable Agriculture Option, Arts and Science, A.A.

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Kate Maiolatesi, 413.552.2462,


As concerns grow about what to eat and where our food comes from, we need to be more informed about what our food choices are and how we can ensure the safety of our food.

This program will inform students about the political and economic considerations about our local and global food systems,as well as the scientific principles of the sustainable agricultural practice of growing food according to ecological principles and therefore protecting the environment while providing food, and how the diversity and stability of agro-ecosystems are superior to conventional agricultural systems.

Students will be ready for careers in sustainable farming, participation in setting agricultural policy, food system planning, food-related enterprises, and food science, as well as transfer to area four year colleges’ agriculture programs.


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between industrialized, traditional, conventional, organic, and permaculture farming practices.
  • Understand how environmental factors including light, temperature, humidity, and soil pH contribute to the health of crops.
  • Understand how our food system contributes to the health of our entire ecosystem.
  • Understand how our food choices contribute to our own health as well as the health of our planet.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in growing food crops.



This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.


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