Certificate in Sustainable Food and Farming
Sustainable agriculture has been proposed by the United Nations, and the Worldwatch Institute as a way to increase global access to food while also reducing environmental degradation caused by industrial farming methods. Peak oil expert, Richard Heinberg, has suggested that we need 50 million farmers (including backyard gardeners, small organic farms, CSA's, and large commercial farms) in the U.S. to respond to rapidly diminishing supplies of easily accessible fossil fuel. This will surely create opportunities for people with academic credentials and experience in sustainable food and farming.
In this 15-credit, 5 course certificate program you will learn about sustainable farming methods and the education and policy changes needed to effect a global move to sustainable farming methods. The certificate will help prepare students in three areas of study:
Credits earned may be applied to the University Without Walls Sustainability Studies degree completion program, the UMass Amherst Bachelor of Science Degree in Sustainable Food and Farming.
Certificate program classes are open to all students with a GED or high school diploma.
Fall 2014 Classes By Program
Winter 2015 Classes By Program
To apply to the Certificate Program, visit:
For more information please contact:
John Gerber, Professor