Sustainable Agriculture

 

Associate in Applied Science Degree
Sustainable Crop Production Certificate
Sustainable Livestock Management Certificate

 

 

 

 

Chip Hope
(828) 448-3554
chope@wpcc.edu

Meagan Roberts
(828) 448-3562
mroberts@wpcc.edu

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Come Grow With Us at WPCC!

Photo of Sustainable Agriculture FarmWestern Piedmont Community College’s Sustainable Agriculture program provides you with the hands-on education you need to become an entrepreneur or enter the regional alternative agricultural industry. The foundation of the WPCC Sustainable Agriculture program is the 40 acre student-run farm located on the college’s main campus. It includes a solar powered off grid barn, heritage fruit orchard, season extension high tunnel, solar greenhouse, 15+ acres of rotational crop fields, 6+ acres of rotational pasture, medicinal herb garden, and more. In addition to crop production, the program features a diversified animal science curriculum and the farm is home to sheep, goats, and chickens.

The program’s areas of expertise include small fruit and vegetable production, herbal medicines, specialty crops, small grain production, seed processing and saving, heritage breed livestock, value added products (animal fiber, tinctures, salves, flour, molasses), and alternative farming practices. In addition to offering an AAS degree and certificates in Sustainable Crop Production or Sustainable Livestock Production, WPCC Sustainable Agriculture has a 2+2 articulation agreement with NC A&T enabling our graduates to complete their bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Secondary Education or Agricultural Professional Service completely online.

So where can I work?

If you graduate with an Associate in Applied Science Degree at WPCC, you will be prepared for jobs in:

Why choose Western Piedmont Community College for sustainable agriculture training?

  • You will have the opportunity to help manage a 40 acre farm and experiment with sustainable agriculture throughout the 300+ acre WPCC campus.
  • You will have the ability to experiment with economic opportunities for sustainable agriculture in the area and find out what is a good fit for you through completing a business plan and an agricultural internship.
  • “The instructors are out in the heat and cold right alongside the students…I’ve only been in the program two semesters and I’ve already learned more than I could have dreamed of.” -Emily Arensman, Current Sustainable Agriculture Student

 

About the Program

Here is Sustainable Agriculture Instructor Meagan Roberts with an overview of this program.

 

 

What You Will Study

The Sustainable Agriculture program at WPCC offers you three options:

Associate in Applied Science

WPCC’s two-year program has 66 hours of coursework in a variety of sustainable agriculture topics.

 

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Sustainable Crop Production Certificate

Here is WPCC’s introductory certificate program that focuses on the production of sustainable crops.

 

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Sustainable Livestock Management Certificate

Here is a program at WPCC that features specialized training for anyone interested in the management of sustainable livestock.

 

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Like more information about WPCC’s Sustainable Agriculture program? Tell us more about yourself and we’ll be in touch.

 

Find Your Way at WPCC!