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Sustainable Food Systems

at Dakota County Technical College

Program Details

  • Award: Certificate
  • Credits: 30
  • Delivery: Face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required.

About this Program

The certificate in Sustainable Food Systems offers a practical, hands-on learning experience in the rapidly growing field of small-scale local/urban agriculture. Students will learn how to grow, harvest, and market sustainably grown produce in urban and suburban environments. Foundational courses in soil and plant sciences, greenhouse production, integrated pest management, and sustainable landscape practices will provide the groundwork from which other courses will build. This certificate program is geared towards individuals with interests in growing healthy and nutritious food, based on organic and sustainable methods and a strong desire to engage both mind and body while working in an outdoor environment.

Program Locations

  • Dakota County Technical College 55068

Labor Market Information

  • Soil and Plant Scientists

  • Median wage: $32.32/hour-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Average
  • Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers

  • Median wage: $26.18/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
  • College Agricultural Sciences Teachers

  • Median wage: $79,617/year-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Average
  • College Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers

  • Median wage: $85,265/year-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Refers to national data. State data is not available.
  • Conservation Scientists

  • Median wage: $32.37/hour-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
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Dakota County Technical College
Dakota County Technical College
1300 145th Street East Rosemount, MN 55068 Toll-Free: (877) 937-3282 Local: (651) 423-8301 TTY: (651) 423-8621 Email: admissions@dctc.edu