Sustainable Farming and Food Systems at TC3
The Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Program emphasizes the practical skills it takes to manage a small, diverse farm, while providing students with a broad exposure to the social and ecological considerations of truly sustainable food production and distribution. Students in the program take courses in entrepreneurship, accounting, environmental studies, biology, and unique food systems seminars. They will apply this knowledge on a working farm located on TC3’s main campus and work closely with food retailers, restaurants, as well as the TC3 Eatery and the College’s Coltivare culinary center in downtown Ithaca as part of the College’s unique Farm to Bistro concept.
The program of Sustainable Farming and Food Systems at TC3 should have wide appeal to students with diverse career goals. Those wishing to become farmers will gain practical on-farm experience with issues such as spring planning, farm management, pest control, harvesting techniques, and post-harvest handling. Students who wish to work more broadly with community groups in advocacy positions will find courses that emphasize social issues, ecological relationships, and ethical considerations.
For more information about the degree program, contact Patrick Sewell, Program Chair at sewellP@tompkinscortland.edu.
Read about the experiences of current and former Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Students on our BLOG: Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Student Blog Posts