Sustainable Agriculture CSC
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Sustainable Agriculture

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: With the rapid growth in planning, production, and marketing of organically produced foods, there is an increasing need for qualified personnel trained in sustainable agriculture and organic food production methods. The Career Studies Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture is designed for persons interested in producing food crops for personal consumption or for sale to the public through farmers’ markets and other direct-to-consumer marketing strategies.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Owner/operator of a food crop production business, including the production of food crops for specialty markets, e.g., restaurants, farmer’s markets, herb producers, and pick-your-own operations; managing entry-level workers at other food production businesses; growing products to create secondary products (value added); and planning and growing food crops to be used for personal consumption

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission







HRT 130 Introduction to Sustainable Farming



HRT 110 Principles of Horticulture 3


HRT 134 Four Season Food Production 3


HRT 238 Growing for Market 3


HRT 239 Complete Diet Farming 3


HRT 106 Practical Horticulture 1


HRT 205 Soils 3


 HRT 290 Coordinated Internship in Horticulture 2


Sustainable Agriculture Career Studies Certificate 21


Name Program Email Phone
David Seward Sustainable Agriculture CSC 804/523-5946


Common Job Titles1: Accredited Farm Manager (AFM); Aquaculture Cooperative Marketing Director; Aquaculture Director; Aquaculture Program Director; Cash Crop Farmer; Dairy Farmer; Facility Operations Manager; Farm Manager; Farm Operations Technical Director; Farm Operator; Farmer; Fish Hatchery Manager; Garden Center Manager; Grain Farmer; Greenhouse Manager; Grower; Harvesting Manager; Hatchery Manager; Hatchery Supervisor; Horticulturist; Nursery Manager; Perennial House Manager; Production Manager; Propagation Manager; Ranch Manager; Rancher; Recirculating Aquaculture Systems Specialist; Shellfish Manager; Sow Farm Manager

Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2028): 1,226

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $55,900 - $90,500

Common Job Titles1: Animal Care Supervisor; Animal Caretaker Supervisor; Broiler Supervisor; Brood Hatchery Manager; Brood Station Manager; Cattle Manager; Crew Foreman; Crew Leader; Crew Supervisor; Facility Manager; Facility Supervisor; Farm Manager; Farm Owner Operator; Feed Manager; Feller Buncher Operator (FB Operator); Field Operations Farm Manager; Fish Farm Manager; Fish Hatchery Manager; Fish Hatchery Specialist; Fisheries Manager; Grower; Harvest Manager; Harvest Supervisor; Harvesting Supervisor; Hatchery Manager; Head Grower; Horse Farm Manager; Loader Operator Supervisor; Logging Crew Foreman; Logging Crew Supervisor; Logging Supervisor; Orchard Manager; Pest Management Supervisor; Rainbow Trout Farm Manager; Research Animal Facility Supervisor; Sow Farm Manager; Supervisor Grower; Team Foreman; Trucking Supervisor

Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2028): 115

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $36,500 - $70,800

Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 10% or more in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028) or are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 750 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028).

Green Occupation "Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations." -- O*NET

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accurate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on August 15, 2018.