The Associate of Science degree program in Sustainable Agriculture is comprehensive and interdisciplinary. Based on organic and natural production methods, the goal of the program is to prepare students to be entrepreneurs and highly skilled, trained workers in the growing field of sustainable agriculture.

Program highlights include:

  • Ability to design custom research projects for course credit and presentation at regional and national conferences
  • Hands-on experience working at the Andrew College Community Garden
  • Internship opportunities at local and regional farms
  • Field visits to regenerative food producers

           Students

Curriculum / Coursework

Andrew College developed the A.S. in Sustainable Agriculture program as a way for students to learn how to create and manage environmentally friendly and socially responsible agricultural systems. To achieve these goals, we offer the following discipline requirements (18 credits):

SAG 100: Intro to Sustainable Agriculture

SAG 105: Natural Resource Conservation

SAG 200: Plant Science and Crop Production

SAG 205: Animal Science

SAG 237: Sustainable Farm Management

SAG 250: Supervised Internship

In addition to the discipline requirements, the students will complete another 42 credits of coursework in such areas as humanities, science, and social science, totaling 60 credit hours.

Internships are usually done during the summer between freshman and sophomore years. Students are paired with local as well as regional farms that are leaders in regenerative and holistic agriculture and who can offer employment opportunities.

Community Garden

Students in community garden                             Flower pots with herbs

The Sustainable Agriculture program started a community garden in August 2018 to provide educational opportunities for students and to help alleviate food insecurity in the area.

College and local community members manage the garden. Methods of distributing the garden’s produce include giving to those in need and to volunteers, selling at the Cuthbert Farmers’ Market, and donating produce to the college’s cafeteria.

The garden is surrounded by native trees planted by the Forestry Program and is set up to attract pollinators, beneficial insects and bats. Additionally, there are two compost bins that provide organic mulch for the garden, and one beehive. The garden is managed organically which requires the production of only those species that are well suited to the local climate. The goal is to convert the garden into a food forest. Andrew College students start seeds, transplant seedlings, weed, irrigate, mulch, and play an active role in the expansion of the garden.

Students in lab                         Beets

Internships

All students in the Sustainable Agriculture program will complete a summer internship with a local or regional farm that practices regenerative farming. Featured below are some of the farms where students can expect to do their internship.

 

White Oak Pastures

Andrew College partners with White Oak Pastures – a six generation, 152-year-old family farm in Bluffton, Georgia. The farm focuses on regenerative land managementhumane animal husbandry, and community revitalization.  Their Farm Internship/Apprenticeship Program is among the most comprehensive in the country due to its scale, diversity, and vertical integration. Since the start of the program in 2016, one-third of all interns was offered a permanent, full-time position. One quarter of them hold supervisory or management positions.

White Oak Pastures

TurnTime Farm

TurnTime Farm is a pasture-centered farm that stewards land and animals in a way that brings healing to the soil, while producing clean food for Columbus, Georgia and the surrounding areas. Turntime practices mob-grazing, meaning their cows change fields every day and their chickens every five days. By using these regenerative practices, Turntime raises its animals completely antibiotic- and hormone-free, with grass as their main source of nutrients.

Hogs eating pumpkins

Koinonia Farm

Koinonia Farm, founded in 1942, is both a working farm and a place of hospitality. It is an Intentional Christian community with a rich history—from the Jordans and the Englands founding the farm, to the bullets, bombs, and boycotts of the mid-century, to launching the Partnership Housing Movement that became Habitat for Humanity. The farm produces vegetables, blueberries, and grapes in addition to cattle, chickens, and pigs. Koinonia is in the midst of a major experiment that will help the farm transition to chemical-free pecan production. Interns will not only grow vegetables and raise livestock but also learn how to process pecans, bake, and cook.

 

Dining outside
Students Growing Plants

Scholarships

The program offers an $8,000 renewable scholarship in addition to other opportunities. Please check with the Financial Aid office to learn about additional scholarships.

Faculty

Nataliya Apanovich

Dr. Nataliya Apanovich
Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture
Program Director of Sustainable Agriculture
229-732-5907
nataliyaapanovich@andrewcollege.edu

 

Dr. Apanovich’s interests include food and energy security, subsistence agriculture, the role of small-scale agriculture in human development and health, and alternative food systems. Dr. Apanovich likes to travel, garden, bike, run, draw, and do yoga in her free time. She also enjoys participating in the Cuthbert Farmers’ Market where she sells produce from the community garden and energy balls that she makes with her husband.