Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship
Sustainable Agriculture: The Responsible Choice
Sustainable agriculture is the ecological choice of the future as farmers strive toward the necessary sound land stewardship that will protect the food supply for future generations. Austin Community College is proud to offer a variety of courses through our Elgin Campus for students eager to obtain training in organic food production methods and agricultural business skills.
Obtain the Skills the Market Needs Now
ACC's Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program focuses on ecological farming, quality of life and farm profitability. That triple bottom line is taken into consideration for every aspect of each course and informs how we operate our campus farm so students first hand learn all the nuances and considerations a small scale farmer must take into account to have a successful and yet ecologically sound business.
Our Instructors are local farmers and experts in the field. Every course is a mixture of hands-on time spent on the Elgin Campus Student Farm and classroom time.
Students will gain skills in crop planning and production, equipment operation, livestock diversification, soil health, marketing, and financial planning. Students will learn practices for building biodiversity as well as techniques for dealing with pests and disease appropriate for organic agriculture.
The Future of Agriculture is at ACC
ACC's Elgin Campus is home for our Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship program and houses a farm for true hands on experience. More courses will be offered soon, such as small farm business planning and farm and ranch equipment, to name just a few. For more information on this unique and exciting program, please contact our program coordinator today.
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For the beginning student, the introduction courses should be taken in the following sequence, or simultaneously.
- AGMG-1070 Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture
- HALT-1005 Introduction to Soil
- HALT-2021 Small Scale Farming
These next courses can be taken after the introduction courses, or as one-offs if you already have a brief background in sustainable/organic agriculture or significant gardening experience. They are not in a particular order; you may enroll as your interest guides you.
- HALT-2021 Small Scale Farming
- AGCR-1070 Integrated Pest Management
- AGCR-1071 Sustainable Orchard Production
- AGCR-1041 Forage and Pasture Management
- AGAH-1070 Sustainable Livestock Management
- AGME-1049 Farm and Ranch Equipment
- AGME-1015 Farm and Ranch Shop Skills I
The following courses are meant to be advanced, for students that have either taken the courses above or that have significant experience in sustainable agriculture, or are starting their own small farm right now and are working on their marketing and business plans already. To make the most of these courses the student should have business ideas in mind, a sense of what input and output they need off their farm enterprise.
- AGMG-1071 Marketing for the Small Farm
- AGMG-1072 Small Farm Business Planning
- AGMG-1073 Enterprise Project - Independent Study *
* The enterprise project course requires petition approval and a small business plan.
- AGCX-3003 Introduction to Beekeeping
- AGCX-3004 Intermediate Beekeeping
- AGCX-3005 Small Scale Farming Internship
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