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Sustainable Food & Agricultural Systems Program Code 100903

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

The Sustainable Food & Agriculture Systems program prepares learners with the entrepreneurial and technical skills necessary to manage a profitable, environmentally sound agricultural business. Students will learn the fundamentals of sustainable agriculture focusing on crop production, animal management and farm business. Emphasis is placed on practical entrepreneurial and field training experiences. Graduates are qualified for employment in a variety of positions associated with sustainable agriculture, including commercial gardens and livestock operations, wholesale and retail management as well as food distribution and logistics.

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

. Farmer

. Gardener

. Crop production specialist

. Farm-to-school program leader

. Livestock operations manager

. Sustainable Agriculture wholesale and retail management

. Feed/Animal Health Sales/Consulting

. Certifying agency inspector

The following certificates/technical diplomas may be applied toward this program:

. 900901, Sustainable Agriculture Certificate

Program Outcomes

. Evaluate sustainable food system and farm.
. Balance soil health.
. Make business and financial decisions.
. Maintain farm records.
. Market sustainable product.
. Grow sustainable crops.
. Practice animal husbandry.
. Manage farm operations.
. Innovate in value-added food and logistics.
. Fill out organic certification paperwork and comply with standards.
. Use effective oral and written communication skills.
. Utilize problem solving skills.
. Perform safe work practices.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Arithmetic: 65; Reading Comprehension: 55; Sentence Skills: 75. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Sustainable Food & Agricultral Systems associate degree in the number of semesters shown.

FIRST SEMESTER

10-090-111 Sustainable Ag: Issues & Pract
2
10-090-116 Org Soils, Nutrients, Compost
3
10-090-117 World Food & Agriculture
2
10-090-118 Beekeeping & Pollinators
1
10-090-119 Cheese Making & Fermentation
1
10-606-112 Computer Apps for Technicians
1
* 10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
10-804-123 Math w Business Apps
3
**10-890-101 College 101
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
SECOND SEMESTER

10-090-120 Organic Livestock Practices
2
10-090-121 Organic Gardening
2
10-090-122 Fruits, Nuts, Berries
1
 OR
 
10-090-123 Organic Poultry Management
1
10-090-124 Aquaponics
1
 OR
 
10-090-125 Aquaculture
1
10-090-138 Spring Garden Mgmt
1
10-806-112 Principles of Sustainability
3
10-809-103 Think Critically & Creatively
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
SUMMER SEMESTER

10-090-127 Summer Ag Internship
2
SEMESTER TOTAL
2
THIRD SEMESTER

10-090-103 Organic Field Crops
1
 OR
 
10-090-106 Org Specialty Animals
1
10-090-128 Managed Grazing
2
10-090-129 Food: Quality/Nutrition/Health
2
10-090-130 Herbs & Health
2
 OR
 
10-090-133 Artisan Meats: Humane Harvest
2
10-090-137 Fall Garden Management
2
10-101-190 Accounting-QuickBooks
1
10-104-101 Selling Principles
3
10-801-197 Technical Reporting
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER

10-090-134 Sustainable Ag & Food Business
3
10-090-135 Edible Landscape, Permaculture
2
10-090-136 Small Farm Machinery & Equip
2
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-198 Intro to Psychology
3
Elective
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
16

TOTAL CREDITS
64

Curriculum Note
* Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in 10-801-136, English Composition to enroll in 10-801-197, Technical Reporting.
**The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-090-103 ORGANIC FIELD CROPS ... Evaluate organic practices for fertilizing, planting, weed and pest control in corn, soybeans and small grains. Create an organic transition plan, qualify for certification. Evaluate yields, markets, rotations, and cover crops.

10-090-106 ORGANIC SPECIALTY ANIMALS... Compare sustainable agricultural production methods for sheep, goats, hogs, and horses. Do individual research and evaluate production practices and ideas. Create a budget; determine if an enterprise is feasible.

10-090-111 SUSTAINABLE AG: ISSUES & PRACTICES ...use critical thinking skills to compare organic & sustainable agricultural practices with industrial agriculture. Explore food production issues including antibiotics, herbicides, hormones, GMOs, animal welfare, crop yields, nutrients, and pollution.

10-090-116 ORGANIC SOILS, NUTRIENTS, COMPOSTING... Healthy soil is the foundation of sustainable farming and gardening. Build robust soil through organic matter, cultivating beneficial microorganisms, and nutrient cycling. Explore composting techniques and organic fertilizer sources.

10-090-117 WORLD FOOD & AGRICULTURE ...explore the climate, soils, and food of other ecosystems and cultures around the world. Examine the relationships between people and the diversity of their land, food, animals and local traditions.

10-090-118 BEEKEEPING & POLLINATORS ...bees pollinate our crops and orchards; they are an environmental quality indicator species and they provide honey. Explore beekeeping using onsite hives; explore pollinators and habitats, and network with local beekeepers.

10-090-119 CHEESE MAKING & FERMENTATION ...practice the basics of cheese making and fermentation of beverages & food in this hands-on course. Eat what you make. Value the taste, nutrition, and quality of hand-crafted foods.

10-090-120 ORGANIC LIVESTOCK PRACTICES ...students learn how organic farmers manage livestock successfully. Principles covered include organic health care, strategies for reproduction, feeding, housing, and young stock. Review rules and organic certification standards.

10-090-121 ORGANIC GARDENING ...whether gardening on a small scale or using commercial greenhouses and fields, plan seedings, control pests, diseases, and weeds, all using best organic practices. Review rules and organic certification standards.

10-090-122 FRUITS, NUTS, BERRIES ...explore practices used by sustainable, organic and conventional farmers of these crops. Discussion of what works, costs, and how one can grow a saleable product and run a viable enterprise.

10-090-123 ORGANIC POULTRY MANAGEMENT...explore a variety of poultry for backyards or commercial enterprises. Topics include biology, health, feeding, eggs, housing options, processing plans and budgets. Compare organic and conventional management and business opportunities.

10-090-124 AQUAPONICS ...investigate hydroponic plant growing operations; designs, suitable plant species, maintenance, costs, efficiencies and yields. Evaluate potential programs in a sustainable context. Plan a system that fits your budget and goals.

10-090-125 AQUACULTURE ...fish farming, the most suitable species, different system setups and best practices. Develop a budget, explore markets and trends, analyze benefits and obstacles in this business.

10-090-127 SUMMER AG INTERNSHIP... Gain hands-on skills and experience with a mentor farmer or gardener by working at their site or in the NWTC garden. Set goals and report to an NWTC instructor. (Prerequisites: 10-090-111, Sustainable Ag: Issues and Practices; 10-090-116, Organic Soils, Nutrients, Composting; 10-090-120, Organic Livestock Practices; and 10-090-121, Organic Vegetable Production)

10-090-128 MANAGED GRAZING ... examine pasture plants and livestock in a rotational grazing system. Build a fence. Evaluate watering systems, fertilizers, yields and environmental impacts. Meet experienced graziers. Create a grazing plan and budget.

10-090-129 FOOD: QUALITY/NUTRITION/HEALTH... Compare traditional food systems (heirloom breeds, grass-fed beef) with modern production, processing, additives, packaging, transportation, marketing, price, distribution and fast food. Evaluate how these factors influence individual and societal health.

10-090-130 HERBS & HEALTH... Explore various herbs; their unique properties, role in history, medicine, food and other traditional uses. Examine growing practices, harvest, and preservation. Make organic preparations; i.e., tea, infusions, tinctures, and salves.

10-090-133 ARTISAN MEATS: HUMANE HARVEST... Topics include humane butchering, carcass yields, sausage-making, smoking and packaging. Compare professional techniques to home-based skills. Review rules, regulations and sanitary practices. Determine product mix, costs and income potential.

10-090-134 SUSTAINABLE AG & FOOD BUSINESS ...define your goals. Research expenses and potential income for a small food-related enterprise. Outline a budget. Compare markets. Develop a brand identity. Review financial terminology. Draft a business plan.

10-090-135 EDIBLE LANDSCAPE, PERMACULTURE ...design an edible landscape for your homestead, no matter its size or location. Use permaculture concepts of zones, layers, energy flow, water features, perennial plants, beauty, recycling, compost, and self-sufficiency.

10-090-136 SMALL FARM MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT... Evaluate equipment, machinery & tractors needed for a small farm. Troubleshoot small engines; hook up PTOs, hydraulics, plows. Calibrate seeders and fertilizer spreaders, drive a skid steer, try welding.

10-090-137 FALL GARDEN MANAGEMENT...use GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) to harvest, clean and bring produce to markets. Use season-extending hoop house, compost vegetative residue, sow cover crops, and prepare the garden for next year.

10-090-138 SPRING GARDEN MANAGEMENT...work in the greenhouse and high tunnel to seed and grow transplants. Prepare the garden soil, build fertility, sow seed, transplant, and cultivate. Use organic practices, gain hands-on skills.

10-101-190 ACCOUNTING-QUICKBOOKS ...an introductory course in using QuickBooks to create vendor/employee accounts, invoices, budgets, profit/loss statements, balance sheets, A/R, A/P, journals, graphs.

10-104-101 SELLING PRINCIPLES ...selling as a career; success factors in selling; personality development; product knowledge; and the sales process involving preparation, approach, presentation-demonstration, handling objections, and closing the sale successfully.

10-606-112 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS FOR TECHNICIANS...basics of a computer system, computer terminology, the Microsoft Windows environment, file management, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-123 MATH W BUSINESS APPS ...real numbers; basic operations; proportions/one variable; percents, simple/compound interest; annuity; apply math concepts to purchasing/buying process, selling process; and basic statistics with business/consumer applications. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Arithmetic score=65 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-806-112 PRINCIPLES OF SUSTAINABILITY ...prepares the student to develop sustainable literacy, analyze the interconnections among the physical and biological sciences and environmental systems, summarize the effects of sustainability on health and well-being, analyze connections among social, economic, and environmental systems, employ energy conservation strategies to reduce the use of fossil fuels, investigate alternative energy options, evaluate options to current waste disposal and recycling in the U.S., and analyze approaches used by your community to promote and implement sustainability. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Reading=55 OR ACT-Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better or equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-103 THINKING CRITICALLY & CREATIVELY ...instruction in realistic/practical methods of thinking, including decision making, problem solving, analyzing ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals/objectives. Students apply strategies/tools in a variety of situations. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-197 TECHNICAL REPORTING ...principles of report writing and correspondence, proposals, feasibility reports, progress reports, investigation reports, evaluation reports, meeting reports, memos, and correspondence. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition I OR 10-801-195, Written Communication with “C” or better) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

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