News & Events

GrowGreenEd.Com Supporting Sustainable Food Systems - Now Launched!

One of the most viable sectors in America’s manufacturing base is food production. A growing demand for local, sustainable, and artisan foods has generated new economic opportunities for small-scale food growing and production, from artisan cheeses to microbrews, in both rural and urban areas. The result is an emerging demand for new skills and knowledge, and community colleges reach a broader population base than do the current programs that are available through land grant colleges, cooperative extension, or agricultural organizations. Since sustainable food systems is a new area for most community colleges, to make it easier for them to test the waters, the Alliance for Sustainability has produced a new web site providing access to information about community college-level courses in all aspects of the sustainable food systems value chain (http://www.growgreened.com/). Created with a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and support from the Ford Foundation, the site enables community colleges to more easily and cost-effectively develop or expand programs for careers in sustainable food systems.