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Start your own small farm or business. Learn sustainable ways of living. Use organic systems to grow food. Become an important contributor to your local community.

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Students planting seedlings at the student farmGrow Your Career with Sustainable Food & Farming Systems!

Students in Sustainable Food and Farming Systems learn to design and manage a small farm enterprise. They study the principles of sustainable agriculture, including non-chemical pest and soil management; investigate organic, local, and urban agriculture systems; and consider the resilience of the American food system. The Purdue student farm provides hands-on experience. This comprehensive, science-based degree program can prepare you to manage low-input farming enterprises or for a professional career in many other agricultural and environmental fields.

Plan of Study

1 in 2 Received Scholarships
1 in 2 Received Scholarships

1 in 2 Purdue Horticulture Students Received Scholarships.

1000+ Student Clubs & Organizations
1000+ Student Clubs & Organizations
Top 5 in Horticulture Research-Doctorate Programs
Top 5 in Horticulture Research-Doctorate Programs

Career Opportunities

  • Arboreta and botanic gardens
  • Biomedical research firms
  • Biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies
  • Chemical and fertilizer companies
  • Food distributors
  • Food processing companies
  • Garden centers
  • Golf courses
  • Greenhouse flower and vegetable growers
  • High schools
  • Historical sites
  • Irrigation companies
  • Junior colleges and universities
  • Landscape construction companies
  • Landscape design companies
  • Landscape management companies
  • Local, state and federal parks
  • Magazines
  • Nature preserves
  • Nurseries
  • Orchards
  • Recreational and professional sports complexes
  • Resorts and theme parks
  • Seed companies
  • Sod producers
  • Government agencies
  • University Extension Service
  • Vegetable growers
  • Vineyards
  • Yard and garden supply companies

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The HLA Office of Student Services is open from 8 am to noon and 1 to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, except on University holidays.

Benjamin VanDyke, Academic Advisor
Phone: (765) 496-6433

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