School of Food and Agriculture one-credit short courses

SFA is now offering a variety of one-credit short courses. Courses are typically five-weeks long, offering students opportunities to learn about topics such as soil health, poultry production, cannabis cultivation, and more. 

Why short courses?

Short courses provide focused opportunities for students to immerse in practical and current topics related to sustainable agriculture. Courses are taught by nationally and internationally recognized University of Maine instructors from both the School of Food and Agriculture and Cooperative Extension. Our faculty work regularly in their respective industries with farmers, land-owners, and businesses. A mixture of online and in person learning opportunities make these courses both accessible and practical. 

See below for a summary of courses offered in upcoming semesters:

PSE 262: Introduction to cannabis cultivation

Two offerings: winter session 2021 (asynchronous, online), and Spring 2022 (synchronous, online) –  Dr. John Jemison, Extension Professor of soil and water quality

PSE 269: So you want to farm in Maine?

Next offering Spring 2022 (synchronous, online) – Tori Lee Jackson, Extension Professor of agriculture and natural resources

PSE 265: Soil health for farm resilience and climate mitigation

Next offering Fall 2023 (in person)  – Dr. Ellen Mallory, Extension Professor of sustainable agriculture

PSE 266: Small fruit and berry production

Next offering Fall 2023 (in person) – Dr. David Handley, Vegetable and small fruit specialist

PSE 260: Pesticide applicator certification 

Next offering Fall 2023 (in person) – Dr. Bryan Peterson, Associate Professor of environmental horticulture

AVS 268: Pasture poultry production

Next offering Fall 2023 (in person) – Dr. Colt Knight, Assistant Extension Professor and state livestock specialist

Current students can get more information about courses, including required prerequisites, by searching in Maine Street. Sustainable Agriculture Majors are required to take four or more short-courses prior to graduation. 

For more information, contact Charlene Gray at

SFA short course winter/spring 2022 flier (PDF)

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