VSAT Program



The Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program is an agricultural entrepreneurial incubator, taking students from seed-to-market.

We now offer a 14 week nights and weekends class as well as the 6 week full time course

Are you interested in the joining the agriculture community? Do you seek to acquire the fundamental skills of self employment or are looking to be more competitive in the job market? How about finding a way to serve your country? VSAT has trained transitioning service men and women, as well as members of the general public, to be successful in the sustainable agriculture industry. More than 200 graduates have left our farm ready to help feed our nation the highest quality food available using the least amount of natural resources, while tapping into a fast growing sector with unique opportunities for small business's and family farms.  We assist with the job placement and business creation after graduation of VSAT. Our graduates include successful farm owners and workers, soil-testing pioneers, restaurateurs, and owners of food companies. 

In this program, students will receive training in hydroponics, drip/micro irrigation, environmental control, soil biology, composting, greenhouse management, and more.

The six-week intensive course meets 8-5pm M-F, and the nights and weekends class meets Tuesday and Thursday nights and periodic weekend days.

VSAT will introduce you to sustainable agriculture as a viable career option. Students will have the opportunity to meet with successful industry leaders throughout the program. This course will bring your skills up-to-date with small-scale organic farming methods, help build your resume, and assist you in connecting with the current agricultural job market.

Archi's Acres philosophy is to look to the veteran and millennial community for assets such as leadership and give them opportunities in a growing industry.

Learning Objectives

Students will have a better understanding of the types of self-employment or employment available in Sustainable Agriculture in the following categories:

  • Organic Production Methods
  • Hydroponics
  • Greenhouse Production
  • Irrigation maintenance, installation and sales
  • Farm Ownership and Management
  • Introduction to resources for farm loan programs from Farm Service Agency, USDA, Whole Foods and private lending.
  • Building a business plan model
  • Resume building and introductions to Agriculture leaders
  • One year follow up for employment opportunities / Business opportunities
  • ServeSafe Food Handlers Managers Certificate
  • Certificate of completion from Archi’s Acres VSAT based on 85%+ on coursework, completion and presentation of the business plan and 80% or better on final exam
  • Certificate from Cal Poly Pomona College of the Extended University

Are you ready for the challenge and opportunity? Then sign up by clicking here!

For Active Duty personnel wanting to attend VSAT:

 If you have access to Tuition Assistance (TA)Education office may require you to take leave or if you choose to use your Veteran Benefits, we have a document you can bring to your command to request PTAD.:
Veterans can sign up on line to use Veteran Benefits:www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal

Program Information and Program Dates

Title: Veteran’s Sustainable Agriculture Training

Description: 270 Hours Combine

The following courses are offered for this 6 week program:

• PLT 437 Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture (3 units)

• ABM 20 - Introduction to Agribusiness Management (3 units)

• PLT 29 - Special Topics for Plant Science (3 units)

• AG 29 - Special Topics in Agriculture (3 units)

• ABM 31 - Seminar in Food and Agribusiness Management (3 units)

• ABM 20 - Independent Study (2 units)

Course Status: Credit; 17 units

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Archi’s Acres, Valley Center

Fee: $4500

Special Pricing: This program is TA, MyCAA and Veteran Benefit's eligible. Please contact your local education center, or fill out the sign-up form (here) so we can provide you with the information you require.

Refund Policy: VSAT Courses

Students will be entitled to a full refund of the fees ONLY if they drop class PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY. 

There are NO REFUNDS as of the after the FIRST DAY of the program.

Click here for program (6-course) registration

About California State University

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 433,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff.  Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 90,000 annually.  Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California.  With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.

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