BS or BA MAJOR
What You’ll Study
Our Sustainable Agriculture and Food Studies program is in-depth and interdisciplinary. You’ll study the ecology of agricultural systems, learn traditional farming practices, and gain a greater understanding of politics in food systems. Not only will it uniquely prepare you for a career in farm management, non-profit leadership, agricultural research, cooperative extension, veterinary medicine, and food justice advocacy, but it will also enable you to sow the seeds of a better world.
At WWC, you become part of the legacy of one of the nation’s oldest and highest-rated farming schools, in continuous operation and cultivation since 1894. Our campus becomes your laboratory as you become familiar with the College’s food system and working landscape, including the college Farm, composting facility, agroforestry system, ecological landscaping, and cafeteria. You’ll complete a capstone project involving original research with faculty guidance on a topic of your choosing, from soil carbon dynamics, food security, or animal health. Our entire campus becomes your laboratory.
The level of complexity of our farming operations is well beyond that of a typical college farm, and the commitment our students show to mastering these complex tasks is inspiring. Spanning 365 days each year – in all weather and all times of day and night – Warren Wilson students are doing the things that make our farm a leader in higher education.Chase Hubbard '95, former Farm Manager
Get Your Hands Dirty
Your major will involve hands-on learning on our Working Lands. During your time at WWC, you may manage a farm business, run a compost facility, build fence lines, birth a calf, manage an apiary, and engage across a spectrum of activities in a working landscape. You even have the opportunity to apply your knowledge during study-abroad courses in Cuba and Malta.
Change the World Through Service
Learning sustainable agriculture at Warren Wilson will broaden your horizons to the many social and ethical impacts that food production can have. As part of our Community Engagement Commitment, you can collaborate with local and regional organizations committed to the building of a sustainable and resilient food system. Here are a few of our community partners:
- Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
- Organic Growers School
- Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
- Buncombe County Beekeepers Chapter
- Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Buncombe County Soil and Water
- NC State’s Amazing Grazing program
- King’s Agriseeds
- Hickory Nut Gap Farm
- A Growing Culture