TERRE HAUTE - Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is adding a graduate certificate in sustainable agriculture in the spring. The graduate certificate is a 17-credit, 5-month program for farmers, agriculture educators and others interested environmentally sound agriculture. 

 “Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is committed to a set of core values, among them sustainability. This graduate certificate program is a natural fit for the College and its mission because it promises to prepare the next generation of responsible growers to make sustainable farming choices to benefit our earth,” said Janet Clark, vice president for academic and student affairs.

The program, developed by Dennis Tarasi, is housed in the Department of Sciences and Mathematics at SMWC and students will also be able to gets hands-on experience at a farm operated by the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. White Violet Center Director Lorrie Heber says more sustainable farming is needed for our planet. 

“The area is well served by those who want to undertake large scale commodity crop or livestock agriculture, but no programs exist that help those who want to farm sustainably on a smaller scale, who want to grow organic specialty crops or who want to raise pasture-fed animals. We know many folks are interested in this and we hope to provide a solid basis of sound information to give them the boost they need to get started,” Heber said.

The first cohort runs from March to July 2019. Click here for more information on the new program.