News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael McAllister
(803) 327-8032

April 4, 2012

York Tech Launches a Sustainable Agriculture Program in Chester

CHESTERYork Technical College has announced the launch of a Sustainable Agriculture certificate program to be offered in Chester. The new program will strengthen the local food system in Chester County and improve the overall nutrition and health of its residents.

The 10-week course will begin on April 10, meeting on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons through June 15 at the Agribusiness Accelerator site, adjacent to York Tech’s Heavy Equipment training facility in Chester.

The course will combine brief classroom lectures with hands-on training in the field. Topics covered throughout the 10 weeks will allow beginning farmers the opportunity to learn basic farming methods and techniques as well as business/marketing strategies, while connecting with vendors and a chef/restaurant market ready to purchase locally-grown produce.

This program was made possible in part by the generous support of the Herbert and Anna Lutz Foundation. 

The cost of the course is currently set at $1,075, but the college continues to work with partners in an effort to reduce the cost. Farm Service Agency loan money is available to qualifying individuals for tuition assistance and living expenses throughout the duration of the course in some cases.

To register or get more information, contact George Russell or Becky Cannon at (803) 325-2888 or

For media questions, contact Michael McAllister at (803) 327-8032 or

York Technical College / 452 South Anderson Road / Rock Hill, SC 29730