Sustainable Agriculture

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Peter Conden

Full Time Faculty - Landscape Horticulture


This program is part of the Applied Sciences and Technology Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Sustainable Agriculture

The first of its kind in Arizona, Mesa Community College’s Sustainable Agriculture degree is focused on small scale and urban agriculture with an emphasis on natural practices and sustainability methods that net high yields without undermining the natural systems and the resources that productivity depends on.

Learn hands-on how to grow crops and raise animals as well as run a small business on the urban farm located on the campus of Mesa Community College. Based on organic and natural production methods, the goal of the program is to prepare entrepreneurs and a highly skilled, trained workforce for this growing field of sustainable agriculture. Classes include some of the best sustainable agriculture techniques employed today to achieve the goals of weed, pest, disease and erosion control as well as high soil quality:

  • Aquaponics
  • Crop Rotation
  • Cover Crops
  • Soil Enrichment
  • Biointensive Integrated Pest Management

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion and Associate Degrees for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates or degrees is the fastest way to realize your dreams.


The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Sustainable Agriculture program
Name Type Title Courses
Certificate of Completion CCL Sustainable Agriculture


MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Sustainable Agriculture program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Sustainable Agriculture

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of a degree or certificate within the Sustainable Agriculture program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

Meet with an Advisor

Become a Student

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Sustainable Agriculture program is available through the Applied Sciences and Technology department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.