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Good Food Education & Training

This is a regularly updated list of training programs around the U.S and Canada


Food Systems-Related Certification Programs


Breakthrough Leaders Professional Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems, University of Vermont (UVM)

True leadership is about the capacity of people and communities to shape the futures they desire. This innovative online and on-campus cross-disciplinary program addresses the social, environmental, economic, and diet and health (SEED) impacts of our food system. Our Breakthrough Leaders Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems builds. on UVM's distinction in this field.


UVM’s Food Hub Management Professional Certificate Program, Univesity of Vermont (UVM)

The first of its kind in the country—is an innovative blend of hands-on, community-based, online, and on-campus learning that will prepare you for effective management of food hubs and provide you with essential tools to advance your career in food systems.


Sustainable Food Systems Certificate, University of Minnesota-Duluth

This certificate provides a broad and integrated base of knowledge for those interested in our local food system model, as well as the complex history, policies, businesses, strengths, and challenges in the food industry. Learners will acquire the knowledge, skills, and understanding that is needed to create change and build a sustainable food system for the future.


Certificate in Community and Economic Development, Penn State University

This postbaccalaureate certificate program provides graduate-level courses for entry and midcareer professionals who wish to expand their knowledge and skills for dealing with quality-of-life and development issues in neighborhoods, towns, small cities, and rural regions. The program also meets the needs of those who are considering a career in community and economic development and want to find out if this profession is right for them.


Community-Based Development Certificate, Colorado State

This online certificate program is designed for people who plan to work or volunteer in community development, or who already work in this field and want to advance their careers. Participants will be prepared with practical tools to meet today's challenges as project directors, community leaders, grassroots activists, funders, and field workers in community-based organizations and governmental and nongovernmental organizations. With a wide variety of electives, participants are able to tailor the program to meet their needs and interests.


Sustainable Local Food Certificate, St. Lawrence College, Canada (ONLINE)

This certificate explores the practices, principles and philosophies involved in local food system development. The focus is on increasing both academic and hands-on knowledge of regional food initiatives across Canada, alongside international best practices. There is a specific concentration on applied learning, online networking, and community research. This certificate is the first of its kind in Canada, providing a cutting edge advantage when competing for work in the sustainable local food sector.


Certificate of Completion in Sustainable Food Systems, Rio Salado College, Tempe, Arizona

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Sustainable Food Systems is for students who want an overview of the nation’s current food model and alternative methods for altering this model and creating more sustainable foods. Course topics cover concepts supporting the real food movement, sanitation guidelines, basic principles and preparation techniques for the cooking and baking process. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Sustainable Food Systems is also available.


Certificate in Sustainable Food and FarmingUniversity of Massachusetts

15-credit Certificate in Sustainable Food and Farming designed for: adults looking to make a career change, returning Veterans, high school grads not yet ready to go to college fulltime, and those of you pursuing a lifelong interest related to food, farming, homesteading or gardening. Our online program has been particularly attractive to the fastest growing farm demographic in New England, farms managed by women. We know how busy your lives can be, so our online classes may be taken on your own schedule. You don't have to compromise your personal health to learn how to make the world around you a healthier place!.



USDA Education and Training Programs

Education and Training Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture

College-based degree programs in sustainable agriculture


SARE Professional Development Program

The Professional Development Program (PDP) provides funds for professional development projects that provide sustainable agriculture training to agricultural professionals and educators in the Cooperative Extension Service (CES), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), other governmental agencies, and educators in the profit and nonprofit sectors serving the food and fiber system.


PDP Competitive Grants

Professional Development grants educate Cooperative Extension Service staff and other ag professionals. Contact SARE PDC in each region for grant opportunities.


SARE Professional Development Coordinators:


North Central
Paula Ford, PDP Coordinator
4A Edwards Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS  66506-4810
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web:  http://www.sare.org/ncrsare/PDP/pdp.htm

Tom Morris, PDP Coordinator
Department of Plant Science, Unit 4067
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road
Storrs, CT  06269
fax:  860-486-0682
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Web:  http://nesare.org/

Jim Horne, PDP Coordinator 
Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture 
P.O. Box 588 
Hwy 271 South 
Poteau, OK  74953 
fax:  918-647-8712 
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Web:  http://www.southernsare.uga.edu/pdppage.htm

Jim Freeburn, Regional Training Coordinator
Professional Development Program
Sustainable Agriculture Research/Education Center
2753 Highway 157
Lingle, WY  82223-8543
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web:  http://wsare.usu.edu/pdp/

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