You are invited to take one or more of our online classes in Sustainable Food and Farming, either individually or toward completion of the UMass 15-credit Certificate Program or our 60-credit Associate of Science degree or our fully online B.S. degree. These credits also transfer to other universities and colleges.
Students registered for winter classes will get access to the course materials on December 19!
Winter Term (December 26 – January 20)
- STOCKSCH 100 – Botany for Gardeners (GenEd-BS – 4cr)
- STOCKSCH 119 – Backyard Homesteading
- STOCSKSCH 190 M – Intro to Mushroom Culture (1 cr. – new)
- STOCKSCH 297 FL – Intro to Food and Agricultural Law
- STOCKSCH 354 – Non-profit Management for Community Food Programs
- STOCKSCH 379 – Agricultural Systems Thinking (new – requires permission of instructor)
- STOCKSCH 397 PB – Pollinator Biology and Habitat (1 credit; new)
NOTE: students are allowed to take up to 4 credits during this short winter term. However if you think you have a good reason to take more and want to appeal this policy, contact Renee Ciulla for guidance.
Spring Semester (January 22 – May 1)
- STOCKSCH 186 – Introduction to Permaculture
- STOCKSCH 197 PA – Pastured Poultry
- STOCKSCH 211 – Pasture Management
- STOCKSCH 266 – Managing the Small Farm Enterprise
- STOCKSCH 290 F – Holistic Fruit Production
- STOCKSCH 378 – Agroecology (new)
- STOCKSCH 387 – Global Food Systems
- STOCKSCH 397 FJ – Social Permaculture for Food Justice
To begin planning for the future, see….
We are working on adding these courses to our online class schedule…and please let us know if there is a topic you would like to see included!
- Hemp Production
- Small Farm Husbandry: Cow, Goat and Sheep for meat production
- The Future of Food
- Plant Breeding and Genetics
- On Farm Trials and Experimentation
- Farm to Glass (Growing and Producing Beer, Wine, Hard Cider, Mead and Spirits)
- Energy on the Farm
- Sustainable Fisheries
- Carbon Farming Solutions for Climate Change
- Hydroponics and Aquaponics
- Urban Agriculture
If you have suggestions for courses you want to take, please contact Renee Ciulla.
NOTE: The UMass Sustainable Food and Farming Certificate has been declared eligible for Veterans Educational Benefits. For instructions see: Veterans Benefits.
COST: The online classes in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture cost $482 per credit. Students accepted into the Associate of Science degree may have access to financial aid. For more information, see: Financial Aid.
International Students Welcome: Since this program is fully online there are no visas required, and therefore no barriers for any international student to apply and take classes. Keep in mind that if a student would like to come to campus to participate in a commencement, or other type of formal meeting, they would need to do so on a visitor’s visa, not a student visa.
Other Options: If you are interested in a graduate level online Certificate, please see the Tufts University program. If you are not interested in earning college credit, there are many non-credited workshops and short courses you can take outside of the university. For a list see: non-university workshops and courses.