This program prepares future farmers for the business and science behind running a small profitable farm in Northern New England. This program focuses on sustainable alternatives to industrialized farming and how to be successful in the marketplace without competing with industrialized and specialized large-scale operations. Students learn the skills necessary to market their product. As advocates for the production of environmentally friendly food in their community, students understand the holistic role of the agroecosystem and how to balance the economic, environmental and social needs of the farmer and community. This program is financial aid-eligible. 

Curriculum Abbreviations

  • CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
  • LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
  • CR – Number of credit hours for the course
ACCT 101CAccounting I303
BUS 170CPrinciples of Marketing303
AGRI 110CSustainable Agriculture I324
AGRI 112CPractical Applications for Sustainable Agriculture I (8 weeks)132
AGRI 115CPractical Applications for Sustainable Agriculture II (8 weeks)132
BIOL 115CIntroduction to Ecology (Fall only) or324
BIOL 117CIntroduction to Plant Biology (Fall only) or324
ENVS 101CFundamentals of Environmental Science (Spring only)324
Total Credits   18

Students must have the strength, stamina, motor coordination, and sensory capabilities for the following actions:

  • Standing for sustained periods of time; walking, running, bending, and sitting on the floor/ground
  • Frequent lifting, moving, and transferring of equipment, plants, and/or livestock
  • Sufficient visual and hearing acuity to ensure a safe environment and respond quickly to clients, colleagues, and partners in the event of an emergency
  • Sufficient verbal ability to express and exchange information and ideas and to interpret instructions to
    clients, colleagues, and partners
  • Students will communicate effectively.
    • Students will employ vocabulary pertinent to agriculture.
    • Students will develop specialized portfolios of their proposed agriculture business.
  • Students will use critical thinking.
    • Students will apply the scientific method. 
    • Students will assess agricultural trends and identify appropriate management strategies.
  • Students will demonstrate the application of scientific technology.
    • Students will practice lab and field safety procedures.
    • Students will utilize current technology to evaluate farm management methods.
  • Students will express quantitative and qualitative scientific knowledge.
    • Students will demonstrate knowledge of sustainable agricultural practices.
    • Students will describe connections between the environment and human societies and how each affects the other.


Students who complete this program can enter into the following professions (not an inclusive list): farmer, market gardener, farmers market manager, and local food buyer for supermarket.

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