Community Food Security ASC

Academic Subject Certificate in Community Food Security

The Academic Subject Certificate in Community Food Security is intended to provide you with knowledge of the Community Food Security movement through coursework, skills and knowledge about the operation of a certified organic farm and the sale of products grown on the farm.

You will discover national and international food movements and gain skills for growing foods organically, preparing farm products for sale to restaurants and markets, and providing educational activities to elementary, middle and high school students. The courses also provide an understanding of Hawaiian culture and knowledge related to plants, nutrition, the environment and agriculture. With this foundation, students may further pursue degrees in a variety of areas, including environmental resources, education, nutrition, culinary arts, and business.


Course Alpha Course Title Credits
SOC 151 Intro to Sociology of Food 3
AG 112 Introduction to Organic Agriculture 4
MGT 135 or
FSHN 100
Agriculture Entrepreneurship (3) or
Concepts in Nutritional Science (3)
HWST 291 Contemporary Hawaiian Issues 3
HWST 107 Hawai‘i: Center of the Pacific 3
  Total Credits: 16

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

  • Make connections between current food production systems, diet, the environment and public health.
  • Evaluate factors such as economics, population and social equity within the national and local perspective.
  • Demonstrate how to grow produce organically.
  • Demonstrate ability to market the produce.
  • Explain nutritional concepts related to agriculture.
  • Describe the Hawaiian “sense of place” and the value of caring for the “‘āina.”