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Sustainable Food Systems Major & Agroecology Minor

Study Sustainable Food Systems

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Food is a marvelous thing! As a fundamental human need, our food system can bind us all together, but in many ways, our modern food system’s sustainability issues divide us from each other, from our place on Earth, and from the organisms we rely on for life. You can be a part of knitting those relationships back together by studying sustainable food systems, contemporary issues in public health, and issues related to natural resources at Goshen College.

Whether you are interested in being a grower, a chef, an entrepreneur who makes use of good food production for your business, or an advocate for environmental sustainability, this food program degree and course selection will be rich preparation for your career.

Study Sustainable Agriculture, Food Waste & Local Food Systems Solutions

Learning about food supply chain agriculture at GC will begin at our very own local and top-ranked Merry Lea Sustainable Farm. Ten acres of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and livestock are raised and studied by working professionals and students with a focus on environmental research, food security education, and new strategies for problem-solving complex issues of the environment. Our program extends to a wide network of farm communities, private sector businesses, government agencies, and regional nonprofits. By visiting these environmental professionals and working alongside them and peers, you’ll pair deep learning, research, and science about food systems and nutrition with a wide range of practical skills, culinary skills, and knowledge that will be helpful now and in your future career.

Prepare for Career Opportunities in Environmental Studies

Students who enroll in the nine-week residential Agroecology Summer Intensive (ASI) course at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center all share something in common: they are passionate about sustainable agriculture. ASI is the foundation of Goshen College’s sustainable food systems program. Whether you care about sustainable farming practices, environmental protection, or healthy food systems, ASI’s faculty will empower you to explore your passion first-hand.

Your Career Goals Start Here!

Goshen College is an accredited institution with multiple liberal arts majors, minors, and certificate courses. Students who successfully complete their bachelor’s degree and program courses are prepped to influence their neighborhood, school, university, state, country, and the world.

For more information about our course offerings and required courses, fill out the form below. Federal student aid and financial aid options are available.

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Faculty & Staff

John Mischler

Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Education & Director of ASI

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Jonathon Schramm

Associate Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Education
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Ruth Mischler

Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Education

Tom Hartzell

Merry Lea Coordinator for Residential Programs & Environmental Educator

Kaeli Evans

Merry Lea Farm Manager