If you're seeking a personally fulfilling career with sustainability in mind, consider Sustainable Food and Farming at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona.
In Southeast Minnesota and nearby Wisconsin, tall limestone bluffs rise above the Mississippi River while creeks and rivers wind their way through steep valleys. This fragile landscape demands special care when used for agriculture, posing unique challenges and opportunities for farmers. That's why Winona, MN, is an exceptional location for studying sustainability.
The Sustainable Food and Farming program at MSC Southeast is a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. Course work revolves around four main areas: general education, small business skills, agriculture technical science, and agriculture trade skills.
In Sustainable Food and Farming, the "triple bottom line" of economic prosperity, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship are valued equally:
- Economic prosperity: Business and marketing classes will prepare you for managing a small business enterprise or farm successfully. Practical, hands-on training in maintenance and use of farm equipment is part of the curriculum.
- Social responsibility: Learn how the production of natural and organic agricultural products can meet the growing public demand for healthy, whole foods, farm-to-table marketing, and local products.
- Environmental stewardship: Understand agricultural systems that utilize biodiversity, restoration, and permaculture design while preventing water contamination and soil loss.
Your studies conclude with practical experience working on a farm or other agricultural/food production setting, where you will be involved in all aspects of operations, from business planning to physical labor. Expect to get your hands dirty even as you learn from an established mentor what it takes to succeed in running a sustainability based farm!
Apply now for admission to Minnesota State College Southeast!
Farm Maintenance Certificate (CERT)
Winona/Red Wing - 16 cr
Sustainable Food and Farming (AAS)
Winona/Red Wing - 60 cr
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