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Adult Education

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Sustainable Agriculture Certificate

Offered through Westchester Community College and Hilltop Hanover Farm

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Hilltop Hanover Farm’s Sustainable Agriculture Certificate was designed with all growing enthusiasts in mind. The certificate program offers in-depth classes and hands-on learning about organic food, sustainable agriculture, and improving soil health.

The certificate curriculum will prepare those who wish to develop agricultural and entrepreneurial skills, as well as those wishing to enhance their knowledge of vegetable production. The program focuses on environmentally sound and community-based small farm practices.

Onsite classes are held at Hilltop Hanover Farm, a 187-acre farm owned by the County of Westchester that includes a seven-acre diversified vegetable farm, two greenhouses, and a composting facility that all highlight best practices in sustainable agriculture. Seasoned agricultural service providers and farming professionals make up the certificate faculty.

The certificate can be completed in 2-3 semesters and requires 4 core courses (48 hours), 2 elective courses (18 hours), and 16 hours of community service at the farm, for a total of 82 credit hours.


Fall 2019 Class Schedule

All Fall 2019 classes are held onsite at Hilltop Hanover Farm in Barn F.


Core Courses

Advanced Gardening

Instructor: Shanyn Siegel

An understanding of botany offers an advantage to your gardening or farming experience. Learn advanced gardening topics ranging from plant growth and structure to organic fertilizers. Course highlights include plant observation, germination, propagation, pollination, and seed saving. Upon completion, you will understand basic plant biology and be able to apply that knowledge to grow a healthier garden. Prerequisite: Intro to Organic Growing (only required for certificate pursuing students).
Four Saturday classes; September 7, 21, 28, and October 5 (Skip 9/14). 9am- 12pm; $300. #87860

CE-GRDN 2106


Summer Internship Program

Summer 2020 Community Service Learning


Hilltop Hanover Farm’s 8-week summer internship program can be one of the most important aspects of the certificate because it brings the sustainable agriculture curriculum to life. You will work side by side with Hilltop Hanover's farm staff to learn about weeding, pest management, crop production, and more.

Dates to be announced in 2020, Onsite at HHF- Field.


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