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Don't sell yourself short—do what you love! The globalized industrial food system is changing fast; creative entrepreneurs will thrive in this rapidly changing landscape, and you can participate and design a new sustainable and community-based food system.

According to a recent analysis of job opportunities in agriculture, "Employers have 57,900 job openings in agriculture and related fields each year. But just 35,400 students graduate annually with a bachelor's degree or higher in agriculture." This adds up to opportunity!

Here in the sustainable food and farming program, students develop a deep understanding and appreciation of farming practices, growing and marketing “real” food, farm-based educational systems, food advocacy, community development, sustainability, and public policy. Students can concentrate on a diverse range of work opportunities, from permaculture and organic farming to medicinal herbs and sustainable community food systems. It is wise to test out your career choice before making a lifetime decision. You can earn academic credit while doing an internship and learning new practical skills. We offer two degrees:

We also offer an online degree and certificate. Learn more about the sustainable food and farming program and various educational offerings.


What You'll Learn

Students at Franklin Permaculture Garden


  • Food production and marketing

  • Urban and community gardens

  • Health and healing

  • Herbal medicine

  • Applied biology

  • Permaculture

  • Agro-ecology

  • Sustainability

Students create their own pathway to graduation by focusing on one or more areas of study.

For more on requirements, classes, internships and careers, see: Sustainable Food and Farming


UMass Sustainable Food and Farming students graduate and find meaningful jobs!


Graduates from the sustainable food and farming program can go many places, depending on their interests and passions:

  • Farming: growing healthy food for local markets
  • Public policy and advocacy
  • Farm and community-based educator
  • Herbalism and health
  • Urban agriculture and community development specialist