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A holistic approach to the science of sustainable agriculture!

Ready to grow your future? Agroecology could be for you! You may be wondering, “What is agroecology?” Agroecology is an interdisciplinary study of the ecology of the entire food system encompassing ecological, economic, and social dimensions. It’s a comprehensive approach to agriculture that considers crop production and yield, along with the sustainability of the ecosystem and community to address food system challenges. Southwestern is the only institution in Oregon with an Agroecology program, making it unique and innovative.

Whether you’re looking to enter the workforce or are already in the farming industry, Southwestern has both degree and certificate pathways for you to learn applied skills… no prerequisites required! In our two-year degree program, students gain a broad understanding of the various aspects of ecology and agriculture, with the health and well-being of local populations and the workforce. For students just looking to take a few classes and gain some credentials, Southwestern offers various certificates to help develop skills for working in the wide filed of agriculture.

Be part of a program that not only educates, but actively contributes to the region’s sustainable future. Connect with local farmers/ranchers, watershed councils, landscapers, turf managers and employers creating pathways to practical, field-based employment.

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Agroecology Degree

Grow gardens, build soil and connect with community with a holistic approach to agriculture encompassing ecological, economic and social dimensions.

GROW YOUR FUTURE

Hands-on careers in various industries

Practical, field-based training

Contribute to a sustainable future

MEET OUR PARTNERS

Valley Flora Farm
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The Agroecology degree program at Southwestern is a remarkable asset to our community. There are very few programs like it in the country. We’re excited about the positive impact it’s having on local agriculture and food systems.
Zoë Bradbury DeSurra, Founder and Co-owner

Pacific Power Foundation
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“The Pacific Power Foundation is honored to support the new Agroecology program and the opportunities it will provide to students. The program aligns well with the foundation’s mission to support the growth and vitality of the communities that we serve.””
Sam Carter, Regional Business Manager

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POSSIBLE AGROECOLOGY CAREERS

  • Agronomist
  • Culinary Manager – Farm-to-Table
  • Ecological Restoration Technician
  • Entrepreneur
  • Farm Manager
  • Landscaping Entrepreneur
  • Rancher
  • Turf Manager
  • Watershed Technician

…and more!

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

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You’ll find Maria Farinacci in the garden. That’s normal. But this summer her gardening has taken on a greater purpose. She’s working hard preparing Southwestern’s Instructional Garden for the arrival of students in the fall. Farinacci, Assistant Professor, Forestry/Natural Resources/Sustainable Agriculture, will be teaching the new courses for our Agroecology degree pathway.

Maria is a graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Plant Biology, with a focus on soil science and a minor in Anthropology. Since graduating college, Maria has been working in various fields related to natural resources, working on farms and ranches, watersheds and fish research, and teaching community mycology and mushroom cultivation courses.

Maria has been living in Coos Bay since 2016 – up the Coos River with her husband, two dogs, and one cat. She enjoys surfing, learning about wild flora and fauna, and (of course) gardening. She is very excited for the start of the new Agroecology program, connecting with local growers, and sharing the joys of ecology and growing food with others.

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