Sustainable Agriculture at Andrew College is an Associate of Science degree program that is comprehensive and interdisciplinary and provides
you with practical and theoretical skills necessary for a successful career in the agriculture industry. Based on regenerative 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.


Our two-year program offers a vibrant, diverse, and intellectually stimulating place to pursue a wide range of traditional and non-traditional
career and educational paths such as agronomy, soil science, farm management, community leadership, environmental advocacy, agricultural
journalism, research scientist, and animal husbandry. You’ll learn about animal and crop production, soil fertility management as well as natural
resource conservation, and farm management.  Our community garden and a required internship between your freshman and sophomore years
provide practical skills necessary for entry into the sustainable agriculture program.

Program Highlights

  • Enjoy a highly interactive learning environment
  • Learn from experienced faculty members, farmers, and practitioners in class, field trips, and the community garden
  • Focus on the principles and practices of sustainable agriculture and small farm operations and viability
  • Present at local, regional and national conferences
  • Gain hands-on experience working at the Andrew College Community Garden
  • Obtain internship opportunities at local and regional farms
  • Experience field visits to regenerative food producers.

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.

On Completion of the Program

  • Develop an approach to whole-farm thinking that improves the management and use of on-farm resources, and reduces the use of nonrenewable resources
  • Develop a personal philosophy and approach to sustainable farming
  • Protect and renew soil fertility and physical characteristics through the use of composts, green manures, cover crops, rotation, tillage, and soil testing and amendments
  • Manage a small-scale market garden, greenhouse operations or community gardens from seed starts through harvest
  • Incorporate natural biological cycles and controls in managing plant pathogens, weeds, insect pests, and parasites
  • Plan for and manage the day-to-day business operations of the farm enterprise in order to create a dependable farm income.

Community Garden

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 faculty, students, and local community members manage the garden. Methods of distributing the garden’s produce include giving to those in need, volunteers, selling at the Cuthbert Farmers’ Market, and donating produce to the college’s cafeteria. The garden contains two compost bins that provide organic mulch for the garden and are managed organically which requires the production of only those species that are well suited to the local climate. Andrew College students with the help of faculty start seeds, transplant seedlings, weed, irrigate, mulch, and play an active role in the expansion and maintenance of the garden.

 

 

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

Scholarships

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

Faculty

Dr. Adam Redhead
Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture
Program Director of Sustainable Agriculture
229-732-5907
adamredhead@andrewcollege.edu

Dr. Adam Redhead earned his B.S in Environmental and Natural Resources Management and Biology and Master of Philosophy degree in Soil Science at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Animal and Food Science from West Virginia University and MBA in Leadership and Sustainability at the University of Cumbria, in Switzerland. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Redhead continued his research in agriculture and animal sciences as the Project Manager for the Animal Food and Nutrition Consortium at NC State University and Postdoctoral Research Associate at USDA –ARS in the Food Science and Market Quality and Handling Research and Animal Biosciences & Biotechnology Laboratory units. Dr. Redhead has over twenty (20) years of experience in higher education and designing, implementing, and leading agricultural research projects.