BA in Sustainable Agriculture

Sterling College (VT)

Date Posted: Feb. 25, 2016
Submitted by: Monika Urbanski
Sustainability Topics: Curriculum, Food & Dining, Grounds
Content Type: Academic Programs
Discipline: Agriculture
Tags: farms
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree
Distance: Local Only
Commitment: Both


The Sterling students who get a degree in Sustainable Agriculture will learn how to build a future of small farming that doesn’t exacerbate climate change, water scarcity, or pollution. Students have hands-on classes in how to raise crops for human food and fiber needs, how to measure and tend to soil health, and how to work with draft horses.

The heart of the Sustainable Agriculture degree is Sterling's own farm, where students grow most of the food consumed on campus. All students on campus work on the farm and gardens at some point during their Sterling College experience. Students learn about season extension strategies for vegetable production, raising pastured meats, and how to use both small tractors and draft horses for a true mixed power model.

The Sustainable Agriculture curriculum has a broad foundation in Biology, Forestry, Soil Science, and Animal Science. Students will also learn about small business management practices and will explore state and federal agricultural policy.

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