• Learn about CIA's farm to table American food studies concentration, a unique bachelor's degree program.
  • Farm-to-Table: Practices of a Sustainable Table Bachelor’s Degree Concentration


    Prepare for a sustainable future with this concentration. Do you admire the success of celebrity chefs like Thomas Keller and Jasper White? Do you believe there’s nothing better than fresh, local food to create the best dining experiences? Is your dream restaurant connected with local farms and artisanal producers in a network of healthy, socially conscious green practices?

    You can prepare for this greener future with the CIA’s farm-to-table bachelor’s degree concentration, which will introduce you to the philosophy, knowledge, and practices at the center of the Farm-To-Table movement. You’ll examine the ideals behind this food philosophy, grow and harvest on our campus farm, and create community events that celebrate and engage local farmers and producers.

    In this concentration, you will spend a full semester at the Napa Valley campus of the top culinary school in California, The Culinary Institute of America, where you'll:

    • Explore topics such as advanced cooking, ecology of food, sustainable food systems, and chef-community relations
    • Plant and nurture crops in the Greystone gardens, and source ingredients from local farms, fields, and forests in this world-famous food and wine region.
    • Develop menus using the sourced ingredients, participating in tasting and cooking demos along the way.
    • Produce menu items in a professional kitchen setting.

    Only CIA bachelor’s degree students in the Food Business Management and Applied Food Studies majors are eligible for this concentration.