MSC Southeast Sustainable Agriculture Speaker Series launches Sustainable Food and Farming program


Special event on Thursday, Dec. 13, is open to the public

Throughout fall, the Sustainable Agriculture Speaker Series at Minnesota State College (MSC) Southeast has offered the opportunity to meet a number of experts who are challenging conventional food and farming systems with alternatives that are socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable.

In the final event of the season, instructors Liz Micheel and Bruno Borsari will announce the launch of the college’s new program in sustainable food and farming. The new two-year Associate of Applied Science degree will prepare students to enter the evolving and growing field of specialty agriculture, particularly those students interested in small-scale, diversified production.

The Sustainable Agriculture Speaker Series: Announcing sustainable food and farming agriculture that feeds your pocketbook, your planet, and your soul, will be on Thursday, December 13, from 6-7 p.m. with a social hour from 5-6 p.m. at MSC Southeast, Winona campus, 1250 Homer Road.

Admission is free, but advance registration is appreciated

The new program will promote economic prosperity, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship. Graduates will be prepared to meet the needs of the recent cultural shift toward whole foods, natural and organic agricultural products, farm-to-table marketing, and local products.

Biology instructor Liz Micheel has worked to develop the program for two years. “It’s designed to teach students how to implement integrated farming practices that promote healthy soil, ecologically sound nutrient management, and sustainability,” she said, adding that the program has a very practical side as well. “Students will learn the safe and effective use of a variety of agricultural equipment and will develop a sound business plan for a family farm or small-scale agricultural operation.”

“Instructors from many different areas of the college will be involved — biology, business, truck driving, construction technology, electronics, and even welding,” said MSC Southeast Dean of Academics Jo Poncelet. “This is a unique program teaching practical, hands-on skills and business know-how.”

There is no charge to attend the special event but advance registration is appreciated; email or call 507-453-2724.

For more information about enrolling in the Sustainable Food and Farming program, please contact admissions representative Chris Cook at 507-453-2410 or


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