Institute for Sustainability 2020

Agroecology, Farming, and Food Pathways (AFFP)

Are you interested in:

  • Learning how to grow healthy food for yourself or your community?
  • Working in the sustainable food sector?
  • Starting your own small farm or food microenterprise? 
  • Alternative farming, urban agriculture?
  • Applying for USDA funds to start a small farm or project?
  • Do you belong and want to improve Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC) communities?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, this opportunity is just for you!

The Agroecology, Farming & Food Pathways (AFFP) program offers two interactive online courses to explore a career in agriculture and earn a Certificate in Applied Agroecology.

In partnership with Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), we will be offering a 3-month program that includes guest presentations, hands-on farm training, local farm visits and a chance to connect and build community with other motivated emerging farmers. 

Successful completion of the courses provides an opportunity to be selected for a 3 - 6 month farm/agricultural apprenticeship.  This includes 1:1 mentorship, training and access to land to apply the skills and knowledge from the introductory and advanced courses in agroecology.  Motivated individuals will be supported to apply for USDA funding for their own farm or agricultural microenterprise.

We are currently recruiting for the 1st cohort of emerging farmers.

Spring Semester Dates: February 15 

Classes are on Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm


  • Food Sovereignty
  • Food Systems
  • Participatory Action
  • Land Defense
  • Agroecological Practices
  • Sustainable Agroecosystems


  1. Conversations - Be prepared to have a discussion that involves your experience, thoughts and beliefs. We are expecting for everyone in the class to treat others with respect as we may have some uncomfortable conversations about environmental justice, colonialism, and more.
  2. Final Project - You will be expected to put together a community action plan with all the knowledge and skills you acquire during the course. This will be theoretical, so we are not asking you to perform but rather plan. It will not be extensive, but rather a presentation of your original idea.
  3. Assignments - They will not be extensive, but rather thought-provoking
  4. Commitment - Even though this class will be offered at no cost to you, there are important investments towards this project. Please acknowledge that there will be 2-hours sessions, discussions, assignments and a final project.
  5. Co-learning space - This is meant for you to enjoy acquiring new skills and information. The instructors are always open to questions, suggestions, and to listen to your concerns. This is a co-learning space.

Program cost:

  • $0 for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (including Hispanic, Asian Americans, and other minorities), immigrants, refugees, and veterans

Ready to enroll: