• “I loved the time that I spent at Sterling College. Attending Sterling gave me first-hand experience in eating local and learning about local food economies. It was at Sterling where I discovered my intense love for Vermont and my passion for its thriving artisan food economy.”


    Sarah Carson

    2010 B.A., Sustainable Education[lsp10] , is the founder and owner of Queen City Pops, which makes handcrafted frozen chocolate truffle pops in Burlington, Vermont. Her business was a 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Food Finalist.

  • “This small college is one of the most important places in this country. Any institution can announce its ideals; great ones live them out–in the curriculum, on the campus, and in the portfolio.”

    Bill McKibben

    Bill McKibben

    honorary Sterling alumnus, environmental activist, and author of The End of Nature, Deep Economy, and Oil and Honey

  • “Sterling values strong environmental ties to the land. The value of environmental ethics is taught side by side with the courses. It’s really the college’s commitment to climate and social justice issues.”

    Nathan Welleford ’16

    B.A. Outdoor Education, minor in Climate Justice[lsp1]. . Currently works as the Event Coordinator for Kentucky for Kentucky, a company promoting the people and products of the state. He received Sterling College’s Climate Justice Scholarship for glacial research he conducted in Wyoming’s Wind River Range

Put your hands and mind to work as a Sustainable Food Systems major at Sterling College.

The time is now to work towards food security and food justice for all!

The list below includes required and elective courses for this major. Specific requirements can be found on the major checklist. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for their major.

Title Course ID Credits Start Term Faculty
Introduction to Value Added Food Products AS212 3 Long Block Anna Mays
Economics of Food Systems SS322 3 Long Block Nicole Civita
Human Nutrition NS206 3 Long Block Allison Van Akkeren
Food Policy SS312 3 Long Block Nicole Civita
Landscape, Food, and Culture SS382 3 Long Block Brandon Bless
Security, Sovereignty, and Food Justice SS422 3 Long Block Nicole Civita
Exploring Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems INT275 3 Long Block Nicole Civita, Gwyneth Harris

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Nothing like some quality time with cows and horses to melt away all our end of semster stresses. The livestock crew held a therapeutic cuddle session yesterday in the barn to help students de-stress #scvtsustainableagriculture #scvtsustainablefoodsystems #rianfriedcenter #barn #farm #cows

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#latergram from yesterday's Exploring Sustainable Ag & Food Systems class. Discussion on food and farming alternatives like Soylent and 3D-printed food, ending with a homemade reminder that #realfood means more than just the calories it provides. #andoulliesausage #rawmilkbutter #sourdough #yum #scvtsustainablefoodsystems #soylent #soylentgreenispeople

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A big thank you to everyone who came out to our taste testing! We hope you enjoyed the food as much as we loved making it #scvtsustainablefoodsystems #scvtcommunity #sterlingeats #sterlingcollegevt

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Nutrition students are getting ready for a taste testing tonight at 5 pm tonight in Dunbar! #sterlingcollegevt #scvtsustainablefoodsystems #sterlingeats

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There was a full house today with all the students and community members who came to listen to the inspiring lecture by Doug Flack. Doug comes as a guest speaker ever year to our Human Nutrition class and every time he brings with him new and exciting perspectives on #nutrition and #wholefarms. #scvtcommunity #scvtsustainablefoodsystems

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What did the #acornsquash say when it was offered dessert? .. . . "No, thanks, I'm stuffed!" 😂😆😬...🙄 . . .. #squashfordinner #homegrown #local #scvtsustainablefoodsystems #scvtsustainableagriculture #thisissterling #stuffedsquash #autumn #comfortfood #badumching

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Make America Cake Again at Sterling College

Election Day in 2016 is known for many things, but “deliciousness” isn’t typically one of them. However, faculty in Sustainable Food Systems Nicole Civita and the class “Landscape, Food, and…

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NYU Donates Over 300 Food Related Books

Sterling College and New York University’s collaboration on sustainable food systems has led to the recent donation of over 300 food systems related books. These books are a gift of…

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