Are you looking for a rewarding career you will enjoy? You can earn a certificate in organic farming in just one year. Be a part of producing healthy food, improving your community, and protecting the environment.
According to the Organic Trade Association, over 82 percent of U.S. households buy some organic products and Americans spend nearly $50 billion annually on organic products.
Gain the training you need to join this rapidly-growing industry. After completing the program, you will have the skills to work for an existing organic operation or launch your own small-scale, sustainable farm.
In our 36-credit program, you will gain hands-on farm experience and take classes offered by Delaware Valley University and Rodale Institute. The program offers a flexible start, so, you can choose to start the program during any of the three academic terms.
Get started on your organic farming career!
Participants spend two terms at Delaware Valley University and a summer at Rodale Institute. You take courses that cover topics such as commercial vegetable production, organic food and fiber, principles of sustainable agriculture and marketing and participate in a practicum during the fall and spring semesters at DelVal. During the summer semester at Rodale Institute, you take courses in plant health management and soil biology and practice applying what they’ve learned through the on-site practicum. Participants who complete the program leave with the knowledge and experience necessary to start a small-scale organic farm or, work for an organic operation. The program offers assistance with job placement and developing business plans so that you can easily move right into rewarding careers in organic agriculture.
You are welcome to complete your courses at Delaware Valley University on a part-time or full-time basis, but all three courses at Rodale Institute must be completed during one summer. You may apply to start during any term. Courses in the certificate program may be applied toward bachelor’s degree programs in agriculture at DelVal.
Organic Farming Certificate Program students gain the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to start a small-scale organic farm or work for an organic operation. The program offers assistance with job placement and developing business plans for farms so that you can easily move into a rewarding organic agriculture career. Organic agriculture provides you with a chance to grow healthy food and give back to your community. After completing the program, you join a network of professional farmers who provide support and mentoring.
You can also apply the credits from the Organic Farming Certificate Program toward a Delaware Valley University bachelor's degree in sustainable agriculture and use the program toward your experiential learning requirements at the University.
DelVal is proud to be a Yellow Ribbon School. The Organic Farming Certificate Program is an approved non-degree certificate program and is eligible for enrollment by veterans who would like to use their education benefits. Interested veterans are encouraged to contact Joe Grato, director of military and veterans affairs at Delaware Valley University, at firstname.lastname@example.org or, 215.489.2318.
Financial aid is also now available for non-veterans. For more information on financial aid for nonveterans, please request info on the program.