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Sustainable Horticulture Certificate

Level 1 Workforce Certificate

The Sustainable Horticulture Certificate is a 15 credit hour program focusing on creating productive gardens by encouraging biological diversity. Students will explore procedures of sustainable agriculture systems, plant production in a greenhouse setting, landscaping techniques that encourage biodiversity, organic gardening, food production, and biodynamic farming.

Upon completion of the Level 1 Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the sustainable management practices used on a small farm and the reasoning behind these practices.
  • Develop biodiversity in a landscape.
  • Produce crops in a small farm setting as well as in a greenhouse environment.
  • Create and manage sustainable horticultural soils.
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In-District students pursing this certificate typically incur tuition and fee costs of approximately $1,050. Additionally, books and supplies constitute approximately $300. Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans, and institutional financing plans.

This Level 1 Workforce Certificate can be completed through all face-to-face classes. The program is designed to take two semesters, or 32 weeks to complete, and is comprised of the following suggested pathway or course of study.

Certificate Requirements

First Semester
AGCR 1371 SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE 3 credit hours
HALT 1372 NATURALISTIC HORTICULTURE 3 credit hours
HALT 2307 FOOD CROPS 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 9
Second Semester
HALT 2308 GREENHOUSE MANAGEMENT 3 credit hours
HALT 2321 SMALL FARMING 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 6

Total Credit Hours: 15

Capstone Requirement: Students completing the certificate must pass a comprehensive program exam with a score of 70% or higher to satisfy the capstone requirement. Exam must be scheduled with the Department Chair.