Our 15-credit Certificate in Sustainable Food and Farming is designed for:
- Adults seeking to change careers
- Veterans returning to school for higher education
- High school graduates not yet ready to attend college full-time
- Current high school seniors wanting a head start towards a Stockbridge associate or bachelor degree
- Women managing small farms -- the fastest growing farm demographic in New England
- Lifelong learners pursuing a personal interest in food, farming, agriculture, homesteading, or gardening
See Course Requirements to Earn the Certificate
See Currently Offered Online Courses and Descriptions
Email Our Certificate Program Coordinator John Gerber
Register for the Online Certificate Program
Requirements for Completion and Instructions to Request Certificate Graduation
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take?
Like the online associate and bachelor degrees, the Certificate in Sustainable Food & Farming (SFF) can be earned enitrely online. At a full-time pace, the 15 credits can be completed in just one year. Students may also proceed at their own pace by taking courses part-time. There is no time limit for completing the certificate.
How much does it cost?
The cost for an online (UWW) Stockbridge course is $482 per credit. There is also a registration fee of $50 per semester. Prices are set by UWW and are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, you will need to look up the specific course in Spire.
Do I have to apply for acceptance to the certificate program?
No, not in the traditional sense. You only need to Register for the Certificate program. You can then Enroll in Classes through University Without Walls (UWW). When you someday complete all of the certificate requirements, you'll simply alert us through an online Request Certificate Graduation form. We'll then confirm that you've completed the requirements, have the registrar add the completion to your official records, and send a hardcopy certificate to the postal address you've listed with us. If you are a veteran needing a statement of acceptance to the program in order to get educational benefits, we can provide that statement by request when you register for the certificate program.
Can I apply online academic credits towards a college degree?
Yes. We offer two Sustainable Food & Farming degree programs that can be fully earned online -- a 2-year associate degree, and a 4-year bachelor degree. Our 4-year program is distinguished as the largest fully online bachelor degree program in the nation to focus on sustainable agriculture. If an online certificate student later applies and is accepted to the associate or bachelor degree programs in SFF, that student can apply their online academic credits towards the requirements of the online AS or BS degrees in SFF. Certificate students can also apply their online academic credits towards the on-campus (offline) AS and BS programs in SFF.
Can I take courses and earn the certificate if I am located outside the United States?
Yes! Our online courses can be accessed worldwide so long as you have basic internet connectivity. Because our SFF certificate and degree programs are enitrely online, no visas are required. While your physical presence is not required, if a student would like to come to campus to participate in a commencement. ceremony, or other type of formal meeting, they can do so on a visitor's visa, which has lower requirements than a student visa. That said, meetings with faculty and advisors can also be done over Zoom as necessary.