Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship

Sustainable Agriculture is the Future.

From food production to forestry, graduates who can meet the needs of the changing markets safely and sustainably are in great demand.

With a degree in Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship (SAGE) from WVU Potomac State College, you’ll be prepared to manage or own a farming business in an expanding field – whether it be the farm-to-school and farm-to-table movements, food desert concerns within our region, or the craft food industries and microscale production of wine and beer.

Whether you come from a family of farmers or you’ve lived in the city all your life and have a burning desire to work the land and its resources, the SAGE program is for you. 

About the Program:

This program was created to give students a real-life, practical hands-on education and to prepare young agriculturists with an entrepreneurial mindset in the ever-changing “farm-to-table” landscape. Our students grow and manage crops, tend to livestock, physically take our products to market, all while learning about multiple farming enterprises with the approach and business mentality of a commercial grower.

The modern agricultural entrepreneur needs to have some degree of expertise in various and connected fields to meet the ever-changing trends, and opportunities and challenges in running an agri-business. Students learn about biological processes in commodity and specialty crops and livestock, conventional and progressive farming methods and materials, working with natural resources and the environment, and the value of building a sustainable brand and business venture. Upon graduation, students will have direct and practical knowledge of business planning and modeling that can propel them into ownership of a well-developed agricultural business.

Facilities:

  • Gustafson Farm - This farm totals 386 acres and is used to raise meat goats, swine and beef cattle and also provides pastures for the College’s quarter horses.
  • Malone Farm
  • Deremer Farm
  • Starcher Argriculture Complex
  • Indoor Riding Arena - This facility totals 27,500 square feet and is where Equine Production and Management and riding classes are conducted. It serves as home to the College’s American Quarter Horse herd donated by the late Bob Evans and his wife, Jewell, of the renowned Bob Evans Restaurants and food products. The facility is also used to host equine and livestock events. Students also have the option to board their own horses while attending the College.                                

 Students with Tractor

 

Student Projects:

Maple Syrup Production 
Students Helping Birth Goats
Wardensville Bull Sale

 

SAGE Degree Options:

Two-Year Associate of Applied Sciences (A.A.S.)

Prepare to work in farm animal production, agronomics, beekeeping or other food-production industries with this career-technical degree. 

Graduates will be able to:

  • effectively collaborate and develop team-based problem-solving proficiency to be a productive worker.
  • evaluate and implement appropriate soil, water, and crop management that follow sustainable agricultural production practices.
  • Implement marketing skills to promote sustainable agricultural commodities.
  • apply the foundational skills for developing a small-scale sustainable farm or agricultural business plan. 
  • use appropriate state of the art technology and software applications for record keeping and accounting to support a successful farming enterprise.
  • communicate effectively to a variety of audiences.
  • work effectively on teams and competently apply teamwork skills in management groups  
Students with Animals

Four-Year Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.)

New for fall 2018. Develop a business plan through this program so that you are ready to start your own sustainable farming, forestry, craft food industry, or microbrewery business.

Graduates will be able to:

  • evaluate and implement appropriate soil, water, and crop management that follow sustainable agricultural production practices.
  • evaluate and choose marketing strategies and determine appropriate markets for sustainable commodities.
  • Implement learned business skills to develop a small-scale sustainable agricultural business plan.
  • use technology and software applications to effectively support a successful agricultural enterprise.
  • demonstrate effective communications skills.
  • apply the necessary skills for effective and efficient collaboration which is required in management.
Agriculture Students

Keep in Mind:

Nearly 60,000 jobs in food, agriculture and renewable natural resources will open each year for the next five years in the U.S. (United States Department of Agriculture)

In Their Own Words:

“We tapped 24 trees, then waited as the sap started draining into the buckets.  Once we finally collected enough sap, we built a fire under the evaporator so it could cook down to syrup.  This has been really exciting; I never thought I’d be doing something like this in college!”

Madison Jackson,
a SAGE major from Greenbrier County, W.Va.
Describing her experience with maple syrup production

Related Majors:

Agriculture

Agriculture and Extension Education

Animal Science

Equine Production and Management

General Agriculture

Horticulture

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Resource Management

Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship AAS 

 

 

Forestry

Agribusiness Management

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources

Resource Management 

Wildlife and Fisheries Resources 

Wood Science and Technology 

                                      Horse

                                      Piglets

                                      Instructor Jim Jones helping with a Forestry Major

   

 

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