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Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems - Associate Degree

As a graduate of the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems associate degree program, you're ready for careers in sustainable gardening, field crop production, livestock operations as well as emerging areas like aquaponics. You will have the necessary knowledge to run your own successful food-related business and add value to your farm products or be qualified for employment in a variety of positions associated with sustainable agriculture, including commercial gardens, livestock operations, farmer support, and local food system efforts.

Program Code: 100903
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Program Costs & Financial Aid

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This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Estimates based on in-state residency. Learn more about tuition and fees.

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All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:

Sustainable Agriculture, 900901


  • Day
  • Full-time
  • Part-time

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at www.nwtc.edu/apply.
  • Submit the following to transcripts@nwtc.edu: High school transcript (or GED/HSED transcript) College transcript
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at start@nwtc.edu or 920-498-5444.

What are my courses?


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

Total Credits 62
  • Curriculum Note: Students must earn a "C" or higher in 10-804-113, College Tech Math 1A.

Program Outcomes

  • Evaluate sustainable food systems and farms
  • Balance soil health
  • Make business and financial decisions
  • Maintain farm records
  • Market sustainable, diverse products
  • Grow sustainable crops
  • Practice animal husbandry
  • Assist in the management of 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

What careers are in my future?


Graduate Employment

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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

What's next after graduation?

Start here. Finish at a four-year.

NWTC transfer programs are offered through collaborative agreements with our four-year college and university partners. See where your associate degree credits will transfer.

What else do I need to know about the program?

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses.

Learn more about upcoming study abroad opportunities.


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.