Sustainable Agriculture

The Sustainable Agriculture Certificate program was developed in response to a need expressed by leaders of the region’s agribusiness. The group had seen the surge in the number of start-ups in a variety of related ventures, and too often the passion and enthusiasm wasn’t rounded out by the business knowledge needed to make the business itself sustainable. GTC’s certificate program is structured to provide solid foundation in farming as a profession.

This program is part of Greenville Technical College’s highly respected Culinary Institute of the Carolinas. Well-established among restaurant and food service professionals, the CIC offers students in the Sustainable Ag program the benefit of interaction with chefs for a more comprehensive understanding of quality food production and handling.

What you’ll learn in the program

  • Farm management
  • Agricultural policies
  • Crops suitable for the southeast
  • Pest, soil and water management
  • Marketing and communication strategies
  • Farm equipment safety
  • Basic carpentry and welding
  • Farm business planning

Program details and courses

Sustainable Agriculture
Certificate in Applied Science

This program prepares students for positions in agribusiness, particularly in the areas of entrepreneurship and farming. The skills taught also include basic business principles to support the financial success of a graduate’s chosen profession. The program is designed to strengthen our local food system and local economy by providing knowledgeable and skilled employees.

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General Technology
Associate in Applied Science
Sustainable Agriculture and Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship Career Path


This degree will prepare students with the essential requirements for sustainable agriculture and the factors that influence farm management and agricultural policies, sustainable crop production, environmental strategies, equipment farm safety, basic farm structure construction and maintenance, and management to include marketing and communication and business plan development. The business component of this degree delivers an emphasis on entrepreneurship.

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General Technology
Associate in Applied Science
Culinary Arts and Sustainable Agriculture

Combine Culinary and Sustainable Agriculture courses toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in General Technology.  This degree program offers students the opportunity to design a program of study to meet individual needs, combining major courses, general education courses and additional hours.

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Gainful Employment

Visit the Gainful Employment page for important information about the educational debt, earnings, and graduation rates of students who attended programs. Information specific to the Sustainable Agriculture Certificate program is not yet available.