Plant the seeds for the future

Bring together your passion for sustainability and agriculture with a graduate certificate in sustainable agriculture

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is for farmers, agriculture educators and concerned citizens interested in alternatives to industrial agricultural practices. You will learn the skills necessary to make informed decisions and take responsible actions to foster increased use of sustainable farming methods. If you have a bachelor’s degree and are now looking to enhance your knowledge in this field, this certificate is for you.

  • Students benefit from hands-on instruction by farming professionals and local environmental experts
  • Complete the 17-credit program in just FIVE months
  • Enjoy schedule flexibility. Classes are delivered online and through three weeks of on-campus classes
  • The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods campus, with a farm ran by the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, is the laboratory where students practice what they learn in class
  • Learn sustainable food systems, adaptive pest and soil management, animal care and organic farm management

Small is beautiful

Enjoy 13:1 student to faculty ratio.

Begin in March 2020

Make history and be part of the first cohort.

Meet lifelong mentors

Woods professors know their material — and your name.

Experience The Woods

Our identity as a Catholic institution guides learning that occurs inside and outside the classroom. You can feel the influence of Mother Theodore Guerin and the Sisters of Providence on our campus.

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Meet program director Dennis Tarasi, Ph.D.

Published scholar and student advocate. He specializes in community ecology and invasive species biology.

Quality education

Increase your knowledge of environmental and conservation issues at a college which embraces sustainability as one of its values.

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Prepare for your future

Develop your own sustainable agriculture operation, introduce sustainable farming techniques in your current operation or work in an environmental organization. You have plenty of options! Graduates with knowledge of best management farming practices are in high demand for jobs in food systems and markets.

Students look at the WVC alpacas during a Cathedral High School tour