Students must take at least one of these foundation courses:

  • STOCKSCH 100 – Botany for Gardeners (4 cr)
  • STOCKSCH 120 – Organic Gardening and Farming (4 cr)
  • STOCKSCH 265 – Sustainable Agriculture (3 cr)
  • STOCKSCH 297 V - Organic Vegetable Production (3 cr)

Students may select from the classes listed above and/or the following courses to total 15 credits:

  • STOCKSCH 117 - Agricultural Chemistry (3 cr)
  • STOCKSCH 197A – Backyard Homesteading (3 cr)
  • STOCKSCH 197G – Introduction to Permaculture (3 cr)
  • STOCKSCH 290C - Land Use Policies & Sustainable Farming (3 cr)
  • STOCKSCH 290U - Urban Agriciculture.: Innovative Farming Systems (3 cr)
  • STOCKSCH 297FP - Farm Planning, Marketing and Management (3)
  • STOCKSCH 297R – Raising Dairy Goats Sustainably (3 cr)
  • STOCKSCH 397C – Community Food Systems (3 cr)
  • STOCKSCH 397FV- Postharvest Handling of Fruits and Vegetables from Farm to Fork (3 cr)
  • STOCKSCH 397 GF - Global Food Systems (3)
  • STOCKSCH 397 NP - Non-profit Management of Community Food Programs (3 cr)
  • STOCKSCH 397S – Sustainable Site Planning and Design (3 cr)
  • STOCKSCH 597SA - Sustainable Aquaculture (fish farming) (3 cr)

It is possible to substitute other courses for those on the pre-approved list with permission of the Program Coordinator. Courses must be taken at the University of Massachusetts Amherst or online through the UMass Division of Continuing and Professional Education.

To apply for the program, simply fill out the form below.  Questions may be sent directly to John M. Gerber, Professor and Program Coordinator.

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