Agriculture

Agriculture

We prepare students to work in plant science, animal science, and the agricultural industry. Our “lab” is our Shively sustainable farm and our classes offer hands-on experiences. You will work with animals, get dirty, and drive tractors.


About Us

The Agriculture Program emphasizes disciplines related to the management of soil, water, air, plant and livestock resources. The program explores agriculture through the “Three E’s” of sustainability – environment, economics and social equity – allowing students to develop a holistic understanding of our food cycle from farm to table and beyond.


Transfer Opportunities

100% of our Associate’s Degree coursework is transferable, and several of our courses count towards your general education requirements so you’ll be ready to transfer to a four-year university in two years, with just two additional years to complete. Our Associate of Science in Agriculture Plant Science for Transfer guarantees admission to a CSU program.

Most of our transfer students choose to go to:

Ready to get to work? Our certificates prepare you to go straight to work for a farm or landscaping business.

 
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What to expect

The curriculum includes both classroom time and real world, hands-on experience in our greenhouse and on our 36-acre working farm. You will develop the technical knowledge and specialized skills needed to be a successful employee of both large and small farming operations, or an agricultural entrepreneur working on your own.

 fast Fact
California is the largest producer of food in the US.

Employment opportunities include:

  • Agronomist/Crop Technician
  • Agribusiness Operations Manager
  • Agriculture Retail Sales and Service
  • Livestock/Food/Fiber Industry Position
  • Ranch/Farm Owner/Manager
  • Nursery/Greenhouse Manager
  • Farm Equipment Operator

Projected California Employment Statistics

Wages

Farmer

$38,240-$136,080

Job Growth (2014-2024)

+20%

Job Openings (2014-2024)

107,800 129,000

Source: http://www.onetonline.org

Sustainable Agriculture Farm

The College of the Redwoods' Certified Organic Farm in Shively is here to teach progressive agricultural practices in plant science, animal science, and agribusiness through hands-on learning. During lab hours, just 40 minutes from campus, students work with the sheep, goats and chickens, drive tractors, learn irrigation and pest control techniques and grow produce for farmers markets. For students who wish to spend more time on the farm or in the greenhouse, internships are available through the Cooperative Work Experience program.   

Visit our CR Farm

The school year is a very busy time at the farm, with community events, field trips and family-friendly outings. If you would like to visit, please call ahead at (707) 599-1338 to schedule a day and time.

 fast Fact
There are more people working in agriculture than all other industries combined.
Franz Rulofson, Agriculture

Franz Rulofson, Agriculture

"To be involved in agriculture production you must be an optimist, because in farming next year will always be better."