Overview

The Associate of Science in Sustainable Agriculture degree will not only prepare future farmers for both the business and science behind running a small profitable farm in Northern New England, but also provide those students wishing to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture the courses needed for transfer. The career pathway of 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 will develop the skills necessary to market their product through farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture and restaurants as part of the local food-to-table movement. In the transfer pathway students will take a series of core courses and electives that will prepare them to complete a Bachelor of Science as well as work in this field. As advocates for the production of healthy, environmentally friendly food in their community, students will understand the holistic role of the agro-ecosystem and how to balance the economic, environmental and social needs of the farmer and community. Students will specialize through guided pathways based on their agricultural preference, such as greenhouse and high tunnel farming, open field farming, fruit, tree, vineyard as well as agricultural management, policy and marketing.

This program is financial aid eligible.

Technical Standards

Students in the Sustainable Agriculture Technology certificate must have sufficient strength, stamina, motor coordination, and sensory capabilities to perform the following:

  • Standing for sustained periods of time, walking, running, bending, and sitting on the floor/ground to meet farming needs and accomplish tasks;
  • Frequent lifting, moving, and transferring of equipment, plants, and/or livestock;
  • Sufficient visual and hearing acuity to ensure a safe environment and the ability to respond quickly to clients, colleagues, and professional partners in the event of an emergency;
  • Sufficient verbal ability to express and exchange information and ideas, as well as to interpret important instructions to clients, colleagues, and professional partners;
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions, to respond appropriately to unexpected situations, including situations requiring immediate crisis response and role responsibility exchange, to demonstrate safe and required care for colleagues and the workplace as a whole, and to cope with substantial variations in workload and stress levels;
  • Ability to consistently attend and participate in classes and laboratories in a timely manner;
  • Ability to demonstrate and maintain organizational skills and time management in classes and at the laboratory site;
  • Ability to abide by NHTI’s Student Code of Conduct.

NHTI reserves the right to amend its technical standards at any time and impose them on all current students.

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college’s first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

Sustainable Agriculture Associate in Science Degree with Certificate Option

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
General Education Requirements
BIOL 111CGeneral Biology I324
ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
MATH 124CCollege Algebra or Higher Level Math (excluding MATH 129C)404
SOCI 180CEnvironment and Society (Fall only)303
XX xxxCHumanities, Fine Arts, or Foreign Language Elective303
Choose one of the following two options:*
ENGL xxxCCommunication Elective or
Literature Elective
303
Choose one of the following two options:*
XX xxxCMATH 251C Statistics or404
Humanities/Fine Art/Foreign Language Elective303
Total General Education Credits24-25
Major Requirements
ACCT 101CAccounting I++303
AGRI 110CSustainable Agriculture I324
AGRI 112CPractical Applications for Sustainable Agriculture I++132
AGRI 115CPractical Applications for Sustainable Agriculture II++132
BUS 170CPrinciples of Marketing++303
ENVS 220CIntroduction to Soil Science324
ENVS 250CAgroecology (Fall only)324
Choose one of the following three options:++*
XX xxxCBIOL 115C Introduction to Ecology324
BIOL 117C Introduction to Plant Biology
ENVS 101C Fundamentals of Environmental Science
Total Major Credits26
Elective Requirements
Choose 9-10 Credits from the following options*
XX xxxC
XX xxxC
XX xxxC
ACCT 101C Accounting II303
ARET 160C Introduction to Geographic Information Systems223
BIOL 112C General Biology II324
BIOL 159C Personal Nutrition324
BIOL 202C Microbiology334
BIOL 211C Genetics324
BIOL 212C Ecology324
CHEM 103C General Chemistry I324
CHEM 104C General Chemistry II324
CHEM 105C Chemistry324
CHEM 115C Brewing: The Science Behind Beer324
GEOG 110C Introduction to Cultural Geography303
LAND 101C Identification and Uses of Trees303
LAND 102C Identification and Uses of Shrubs, Groundcovers and Vines303
PHYS 133C Physics (Algebra Based)324
PHYS 134C Physics II (Algebra Based)324
PHYS 231C Physics I (Calculus-Based)334
PHYS 232C Physics II (Calculus-Based)334
Total Elective Credits9-10
Total Minumum Degree Credits Required60

* Students are strongly encouraged to discuss these options with their academic advisor. To graduate, students must have a total of 60 credits.
++These courses count toward a certificate in Sustainable Agriculture Technology

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

Courses with online/virtual labs are not accepted for major Biology and Chemistry courses.

Sustainable Agriculture Associate in Science Degree with Transfer Option

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
General Education Requirements
BIOL 111CGeneral Biology I324
ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
Choose one of the following two options:*
ENGL xxxCCommunication Elective or
Literature Elective
303
MATH 124CCollege Algebra or Higher Level Math (excluding MATH 129C)404
MATH 251CStatistics404
SOCI 180CEnvironment and Society (Fall only)303
XX xxxCHumanities/Fine Art/Foreign Language Elective303
Total General Education Credits25
Major Requirements
AGRI 110CSustainable Agriculture I324
CHEM 103CGeneral Chemistry I324
ENVS 101CFundamentals of Environmental Science324
ENVS 220CIntroduction to Soil Science324
ENVS 250CAgroecology (Fall only)324
Total Major Credits20
Elective Requirements
Choose 15 Credits from the following options*
XX xxxC
XX xxxC
XX xxxC
XX xxxC
ARET 160C Introduction to Geographic Information Systems223
BIOL 112C General Biology II324
BIOL 117C Introduction to Ecology324
BIOL 159C Personal Nutrition324
BIOL 202C Microbiology334
BIOL 211C Genetics324
BIOL 212C Ecology324
CHEM 104C General Chemistry II324
CHEM 105C Chemistry324
CHEM 115C Brewing: The Science Behind Beer324
GEOG 110C Introduction to Cultural Geography303
PHYS 133C Physics (Algebra Based)324
PHYS 134C Physics II (Algebra Based)324
PHYS 231C Physics I (Calculus-Based)334
PHYS 232C Physics II (Calculus-Based)334
Total Elective Credits15
TOTAL MINIMUM DEGREE CREDITS REQUIRED60

* Students are strongly encouraged to discuss these options with their academic advisor.

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

Courses with online/virtual labs are not accepted for major Biology and Chemistry courses.

Program Outcomes

The program will provide students with the knowledge and local connections to overcome some of the barriers facing a new farmer. Students will: 

  • Apply the basic principles of environmental science and ecology to sustainable agriculture
  • Read and interpret soil and water chemistry testing results
  • Identify basic agricultural pests and diseases
  • Select plants, order materials, plant and transplant in greenhouses, directly sow seeds and harvest plants
  • Identify trees and use the principles of  forest ecology and tree identification  to select planting sites and predict how these principals will affect soil type and chemistry
  • Calculate the ratios of fertilizers and  nutrients for application per area
  • Prepare a portfolio with information on pests, climate, frost dates, plant types, pest resistance, planting dates, costs and potential markets needed for licensing and financial documentation
  • Evaluate the consequences of a history of industrialized agriculture and explain how that affects current agricultural systems
  • Advocate for policy change to support sustainable agriculture
  • Manage a working landscape
  • Promote healthy eating and value added agricultural products
  • Maintain financial records and apply for and procure loans and grants
  • Identify niche markets and properly market materials ensuring a profitable business 
  • Gain skills through internships and apprenticeships and establish mentoring relationships with successful agribusinesses

Students will develop the skills necessary and complete the appropriate classes needed to either pursue a B.S degree in Sustainable Agriculture or for direct workforce entry.  Such careers include:  

  • Farmer
  • Market Gardener
  • Farmers Market Manager
  • Farm Manager
  • Sustainable agriculture consultant
  • Local food buyer for Supermarket
  • Organic/Sustainable Retail and Support (seed/ equipment company)
  • Greenhouse manager
  • High tunnel grower
  • Agrotourism
  • 4-H coordination
  • Agricultural fair worker
  • Management and marketing of agricultural
  • Operations
  • Management of working lands and landscapes
  • Agriculture/food/nutrition/natural resources-related research
  • Policy-making

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55-60%

of students qualify for financial aid