"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea."
~Antoine De Saint-Exupéry


Mesa Community College is pleased to offer both an AAS degree and Certificate in the area of Sustainable Food Systems. Both offerings prepare those who have a personal interest in the ways that food is grown or raised, harvested and produced, prepared and consumed, as well as returned back to the land, for a successful continued career or further education. Courses are designed to be flexible with core classes being offered both day and night as well as in-person, online, and in hybrid formats.* 

Students learn in hands-on cooking and gardening classes.  

Associate of Applied Science 

The Sustainable Food Systems AAS degree is designed for a diverse student population. The program provides students with an overview of the Nation’s current food model and alternative methods for creating a more sustainable model. 

Certificate of Completion

The Certificate of Completion is designed for students who may already have a degree in a related or unrelated area or for those who have a personal interest in bringing the multi-faceted concept of Sustainable Food Systems to fruition. 

Career Paths

Acquire the knowledge, learn the skills and seek out the vast opportunities available within the field of food. 


View this list of local, national, and international sources to connect with leaders and organizations and to learn about trending topics within the food system. 

Become a Student of MCC

Get information about becoming a student of and completing your degree or certificate in Sustainable Food Systems. 

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*Courses offered vary semester to semester. Students should see their advisor to plan ahead.