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MSC Southeast Sustainable Agriculture Speaker Series announcing launch of Sustainable Food and Farming program
Winona, MN (December 10, 2018) --- Throughout the fall, the Sustainable Agriculture Speaker Series at Minnesota State College Southeast has offered the opportunity to meet a number of experts who are challenging conventional food and farming systems with alternatives that are socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable.
In the final event of the season, instructors Liz Micheel and Bruno Borsari will announce the launch of the college's new program in Sustainable Food and Farming. The new two-year Associate of Applied Science degree will prepare students to enter the evolving and growing field of specialty agriculture, particularly those students interested in small-scale, diversified production.
Sustainable Agriculture Speaker Series: Announcing Sustainable Food & Farming
Agriculture that feeds your pocketbook, your planet, and your soul
Thursday, December 13, 2018
5-6 pm Social Hour, 6-7 pm Speaker Presentation
MSC Southeast Winona Campus
1250 Homer Road, Winona, MN
The Sustainable Food and Farming program will promote economic prosperity, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship. Graduates will be prepared to meet the needs of the recent cultural shift toward whole foods, natural and organic agricultural products, farm-to-table marketing, and local products.
Biology instructor Liz Micheel has worked to develop the program for two years. "It's designed to teach students how to implement integrated farming practices that promote healthy soil, ecologically sound nutrient management, and sustainability," she said, adding that the program has a very practical side as well. "Students will learn the safe and effective use of a variety of agricultural equipment and will develop a sound business plan for a family farm or small-scale agricultural operation."
"Instructors from many different areas of the college will be involved -- biology, business, truck driving, construction technology, electronics -- even welding!" said Jo Poncelet, Dean of Academics. "This is a unique program teaching practical, hands-on skills and business know-how."
For more information about enrolling in the Sustainable Food and Farming program, please contact Admissions Representative Chris Cook, at 507-453-2410 (Christopher.Cook@southeastmn.edu).
About Minnesota State College Southeast
Minnesota State College Southeast is a two-year technical and community college that prepares students for a lifetime of learning by providing education for employment, skill enhancement, retraining, and transfer, to meet the needs of students and the community. The Winona campus opened in 1949, merging with the Red Wing campus in 1992 and updating its name to Minnesota State College Southeast in 2016 with the change of mission to offer both technical training and the associate of arts degree. Minnesota State College Southeast is a member of Minnesota State. For more information, visit www.southeastmn.edu.