Course 101/102: Sustainable Agriculture: Introductory Track


Do you like the outdoors? Sustainable farming? Nutrition? Produce that is grown locally and organically?

    • Career pathway to employment in the Sustainable Agriculture labor market with work experience on a commercial farm;
    • An authentic versus facility-based work skills development experience;
    • Educates trainees on industry standards and workplace practices;
    • Positions trainees in interest level areas, thereby increasing trainee’s self-esteem, motivation and performance;
    • Links trainees with networks, employers, and work opportunities within the Sustainable Agriculture labor market;
    • Adapts training to meet physical needs of individuals by making accommodations, modifications and or adaptive tools and techniques;
    • Teaches trainees about helpful community resources relevant to the employment process;
    • Partners with employers who serve in an advisory capacity for shaping and impacting future programs;
    • Engages in joint projects with staff, community partners, and the public to promote trainee career readiness.

This 12-week training in Sustainable Agriculture teaches fundamentals of small scale organic farming. The request for local, organic produce is on the rise from grocers, farm-to-table restaurants and local markets. This training program may serve as a prerequisite to our Certificate Track that incorporates a 10- month curriculum in Sustainable Agriculture (“Breaking New Ground”). Instruction will include the most up-to-date education and practices regarding farming.

After successful completion of the 12 week training, a trainee may choose to move forward into the certificate program to continue training for an additional 7 months. This also follows the approval of DORS as well as the teaching staff at TALMAR. It offers both an educational and hands-on practicum in the small-scale sustainable farming industry based on a USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) aligned curriculum.

Completion of Course 101 or 102 is a prerequisite for Course 201. Course 101 and 102 are the same course offered at 2 different times. Only one is required to move to Course 201.

Trainees will transition into the industry easily using off-site mentoring opportunities and on-the-job training experiences.  Trainees are coached on how to design career plans for appropriating positions that meet their interest and ability levels.  They will acquire techniques for meeting employers expectations, developing resumes, composing competitive cover letters, completing applications, tips for interviewing, learn and the means for garnering applicable references. The outcome of this training will enable the trainee to find, maintain and succeed in an entry level position in the agricultural industry.