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Sustainable Agriculture

Graduation Cap
Successful Graduates may be Certified as:
Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship
Land stewardship for the Hobby Farm

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 Program offers courses that focus on ecological farming, quality of life and farm profitability. Our courses are designed to provide production and business skills training to anyone interested in pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture. Beginning farmers will find instruction from seed starting and equipment repair, to cash flow planning relevant towards their entrepreneurial goals.

For students not yet ready to embark upon farming as a career path, these courses will further their understanding of ecological land management and sustainable agriculture, and may clarify what role they can contribute as future land stewards, plant breeders, agricultural engineers, garden educators or policy advocates.

We Offer Certifications And Individual Courses

Looking to learn more about agriculture but do not want to complete a certificate program? No problem, just come join us for a class or two. Learn how to grow fruit and vegetables in central Texas, raise bees and livestock, and gain practical skills!

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Sustainable Agriculture Courses

Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship

The Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship certificate program is designed to be a multi-faceted training for aspiring farmers and students interested in related careers. Students will be exposed to all aspects of small-scale organic vegetable production and business practices. Courses range from foundational principles in soil science to marketing and will provide hands on farming time on the campus farm to cultivate a working knowledge of ecological farming practices and the seasonal processes of ecological farming.

The Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Certificate Track is comprised of 9 required courses. Upon completion of all nine classes, students must contact program coordinator to request their final Sustainable Agriculture Certificate.

Intermediate Courses

Small Scale Farming

Marketing for the Small Farm

Small Farm Business Planning

*Please contact the program coordinator to enroll.

Land Stewardship for the Hobby Farmer

The Land Stewardship for the Hobby Farmer institutional award program provides students with the basic essential skills for ecological land management on the market garden scale. Students will gain theoretical as well as hands-on skills and experience, and may choose to specialize in annual crop, livestock, or orchard management.

The Land Stewardship for the Hobby Farmer Award track is comprised of 3 required courses and 1 elective. Upon completion of all four classes, students must contact program coordinator to request their final Land Stewardship Certificate.


The Green Gardener

The Green Gardener Award introduces students to essential knowledge and skill sets to begin gardening with the seasons in central Texas using eco-friendly methods.

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