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Economic & Community
Development Division

Sustainable Agriculture

There's nothing better than vegetables fresh out of your own garden, especially when they've been grown using methods friendly to the soil, the plant, and the people who will consume them. That's called "sustainable agriculture," a field that Central Carolina Community College's Chatham County Campus has been a leader in since 1996.

At the heart of sustainable agriculture is the commitment to preserve and improve environmental, public, and community health. The college offers an associate degree program in Sustainable Agriculture, but for those who want to learn more informally, there are Continuing Education classes.

Sustainable gardening, using no or minimal chemicals, is always a popular class. The program has proven so popular that the college received an N.C. Tobacco Fund Skill-Up Grant to expand it to the college's West Harnett Center in Harnett County.

The Continuing Education responds to community interest in offering programs. For this reason, Sustainable Agriculture classes have expanded into raising animals for fiber, how to develop local food systems, and tours of sustainable farms.

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This program is supported with funds from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund and limited scholarships are available to students who qualify.

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