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Educational and Training Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture

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20th Edition. June 2012

Compiled by:

Becky Thompson
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
National Agricultural Library
10301 Baltimore Avenue, Room 132
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351
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Introduction and Resources

This directory serves to insure the public's knowledge of and access to the most current information on today's educational opportunities in sustainable agriculture. The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) at the National Agricultural Library has published the directory on a regular basis since December 1988.

Stephanie Ritchie, AFSIC Librarian, provided invaluable contributions to the 20th edition. AFSIC acknowledges and appreciates the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association's assistance with this update.

We make additions and changes to Educational and Training Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture throughout the year. We invite and appreciate comments or corrections, and names of institutions or organizations not listed here. Contact Becky Thompson to add an institution or provide updates.

The U.S. institutions in this directory were selected based on their curricula or programs offering curricula, degrees, education and training, or information in organic, alternative, or sustainable agriculture. Inclusion of an institution does not imply a recommendation by AFSIC. A forthcoming supplement to this directory will identify international institutions that offer training in sustainable agriculture.

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These organizations provide directories, reports or other information on available educational opportunities, research, internships, and apprenticeships related to sustainable or organic agriculture:

Organic Research and Outreach in the North Central Region
This report lists key contacts and identifies organic research, extension activities and education at universities in twelve states within the North Central SARE region. It offers details "about student organic farms, certified organic research land and animals, sources of organic research funding, dissemination of organic research results through field days and peer-reviewed journals, organic education efforts of nonprofit organizations and other relevant information." Also included are degree programs, academic courses, and hands-on learning programs.

Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA)
SAEA strives to advance the field of sustainable agriculture education and serve its members by producing professional conferences and resources. The Sustainable Agriculture Education Materials (SAEM) digital library is a searchable database of curriculum and other education resources on sustainable agriculture.

Organic Farming Research Foundation
P.O. Box 440
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
The 2012 Organic Land Grant Assessment is a national assessment of research, education and outreach programs in the federally funded Land Grant system ranked the level of organic activity at each institution. Criteria included: certified organic research land; offering a degree (major/minor) or certificate in organic agriculture; providing Extension resources on organic agriculture; operating a student organic or sustainable farm: and other criteria.

ATTRA. National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
P.O. Box 3838
Butte, MT 59702

  1. The Sustainable Farming Internship and Apprenticeships is a registry of internships, apprenticeships and other on-the-job learning opportunities in sustainable and organic agriculture in the United States. ATTRA also identifies and links to educational resources, academic programs, and training programs.

  2. Sustainable Agriculture Organizations and Publications is a state-by-state listing of sustainable agriculture grassroots groups, nonprofits, and agencies.

Rodale Institute
611 Siegfriedale Road
Kutztown, PA  19530
fax: 610-683-8548
The Farming for Credit Directory lists hands-on and classroom-based sustainable agriculture education opportunities including community supported agriculture, farmers' markets, food banks, farmstands, dining halls, restaurants, and undergraduate and graduate opportunities.

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)
P.O. Box 339
Spring Valley, WI  54767
fax: 715-778-5773
The Upper Midwest Organic Resource Directory includes a listing of colleges and universities in the Upper Midwest United States that offer educational programs, degrees, research, courses, or other activities related to organic and sustainable agriculture.

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U.S. Colleges and Universities by State

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California
Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia
Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland
Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri
Montana Nebraska Nevada * New Hampshire New Jersey
New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio
Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont
Virgin Islands Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin
Wyoming * No programs are listed for this state
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