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Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship

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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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Introduction Courses

For the beginning student, the introduction courses should be taken in the following sequence, or simultaneously.

Intermediate Courses

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.

Advanced Courses

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.

* The enterprise project course requires petition approval and a small business plan.

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