Major in sustainable food, Minor in fresh, healthy and delicious

At Guide to Good Food we are all about sharing knowledge,  we aim to provide you with everything you need to know in order to eat fresh, healthy sustainable food.  For those of you who have contemplated taking a step beyond enlightened eaters to sustainable food leaders but aren’t sure where to start, we got you covered.  We found a ton of universities and colleges across the country offering everything from Minors in Sustainable Agriculture to certificates in Organic Agriculture, from Bachelors in Eco-gastronomy to Masters in Sustainable Food Systems.  If you’re short on time, there are some universities that offer classes online. If you prefer dirt over books, there’s a six-months apprenticeship where you can learn hands-on how to farm organically.  This list is by no means exhaustive, but it gives a pretty good idea of what is out there.

Farm apprentices at UC Santa Cruz, picture from UC Santa Cruz website

Universities and Colleges with sustainable food and agriculture programs

Appalachian State University, Bachelors of Arts in Sustainable Development or Bachelors of Science in Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
Central Carolina Community College, Sustainable Agriculture associate and Sustainable Agriculture Certificate
College of the Atlantic,Bachelors of Arts in Human Ecology with a focus on Sustainable Food Systems
Florida International University, Agroecology certificate.
Iowa State University, Graduate program in Sustainable Agriculture
John Wood Community College, Degree in Sustainable Local Foods Farming
Kansas State University, Masters of Science in Horticulture with an emphasis in Urban Food Systems
Michigan State University, Sustainable Agriculture and Food System specialization
Montana State University, Masters in Sustainable Food Systems
San Diego City College, Associates degree in Sustainable Urban Agriculture
University of Kentucky, Bachelors of Science and minors in Sustainable Agriculture.
University of California Santa Cruz, certificate in Ecological Horticulture is awarded after a six-month apprenticeship
University of Maine, Bachelors of Science in Sustainable Agriculture
University of Minnesota, Minor in Sustainable Agriculture
University of Missouri, Majors and Minors in Sustainable Agriculture
University of Montana-Missoula, Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies with a focus on Sustainable Food and Farming.
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Masters in Agroecology
University of Wyoming, Bachelors in Agrocecology
Washington State University, Minor in Agricultural Systems and certificate in Organic Agriculture, option of doing the certificate online or in-class.

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2 responses to “Major in sustainable food, Minor in fresh, healthy and delicious

  1. Do you have a list of culinary programs that teach about local foods?

    • I’m sorry we don’t. I know there’s CIA – Culinary Institute of America – it’s not all about local foods though. It’s based in New York. ICE – Institute for Culinary Education but, again, don’t know how much they focus on local food. The one that will is the Natural Gourmet Institute – you’ll need to google them for contact info.

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