Sustainable Agriculture

The local food movement has spawned a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States; creating an ever-increasing market for sustainably-grown agricultural products.

With a projected demand for trained farmers and food systems workers, Lowcountry Local First- a non-profit advocacy group - has partnered with the College of Charleston to provide hands-on instruction in sustainable agriculture.

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  • Regular field training at the Middleton Place USDA Certified Organic Farm.
  • Periodic visits to area farms, farmer’s markets and restaurants.
  • Opportunities for apprenticeship placement.

Participating in both classroom instruction and field training, students will learn about the core concepts in agricultural science, production, business and marketing. Working weekly at Middleton Place USDA Certified Organic Farm - along with periodic visits to area farms and farmer’s markets - students will be immersed in the business of producing sustainable local food. From soil to harvest, students should emerge with an entry-level understanding of the components and processes central to sustainable agriculture. Students who demonstrate a committed to a career in farming may be considered for apprenticeship placement.

Program Details


March 5th – August 23rd, 2018 (includes a break during the first two weeks in July)


  • Lectures at Local Works: Mondays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Field days at Middleton Place USDA Certified Organic Farm: Choice of Wednesdays or Thursdays from 8:30 am-12:30 pm

Cost: $2,000

A $400 deposit is required to secure enrollment. The remaining cost will be paid in monthly installments.

Limited, income-based financial aid is available; please contact Lowcountry Local First to apply.

Applications due February 16, 2018.

To learn more about the upcoming program, see the flyer below. You can also see images of last year's cohort on the Growing New Farmers Facebook page.

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