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Sustainable Agriculture - Certificate

Discover the skills, science and art of producing crops, livestock and foods using organic and sustainable principles. Create a new business, transition toward organic, become certified and join in this growing field.

Program Code: 900901
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  • Day
  • Full-time

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Certificate Entry

  • Apply at www.nwtc.edu/apply.
  • Enroll in classes.

What are my courses?


Students following the study plan below will complete the certificate in the number of semesters shown.

Total Credits 12

Certificate Outcomes

  • Apply organic systems principles to their farm or land.
  • Appraise and manage soil health.
  • Practice organic animal husbandry.
  • Apply organic practices to field crops and horticultural crops.
  • Create a simple agricultural business plan, with marketing options.
  • Evaluate alternative crops and livestock.
  • Compose an on-going operation and management plan for an enterprise.
  • Plan the transition of a conventional enterprise into an organic one.
  • Complete forms necessary to document organic or conservation program status.
  • Access financial, technical and service program resources.
  • Model a balanced sustainable-organic ag system.

What else do I need to know about the program?


  • Earn credentials that show your expertise to lenders, employers or customers.
  • Learn how to manage a farm or test the feasibility of your product or business idea.
  • Choose individual courses or the complete series, based on your needs.

Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.