agroecology

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

The Agroecology Minor requires four courses in the Agroecology Summer Intensive program plus two additional courses.

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The Agroecology Summer Intensive is an undergraduate residential curriculum in academic and experiential learning at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College. It comprises four 3-credit courses in Sustainable Agriculture: soils, vegetable crops, agroecology and small farm management/produce marketing that count towards the school's Agroecology Minor. A Certificate Program is available for persons not seeking academic credit. Internships are available at the Merry Lea Sustainable Farm.

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"The mission of the Agroecology Education Farm is to promote Agroecology and sustainable agriculture education by providing a diversity of experiential learning opportunities for NCSU students, faculty, staff, and local community."

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The Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program supports graduate student research into "agriculture, food systems and their interactions with the environment and society."

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The undergraduate certificate is offered by the Department of Environmental Studies in alliance with the Miami-Dade College, Archbold Biological Station's MacArthur Agro-Ecology Research Center (MAERC), and USDA's Agricultural Research Service. The FIU Organic Garden is maintained by the Agroecology Program and the Organic Gardening Club.

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An interdepartmental Bachelor of Science in Agroecology is also offered involving faculty in the Departments of Plant Sciences and Ecosystem Science and Management. Alternative contact: Department of Plant Sciences. 50 Agriculture Building. Phone: 307-766-3103.

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"Agroecology is the science behind sustainable agriculture linking social, environmental, and economic perspectives in agriculture. Students completing this program gain an understanding of sustainable agricultural systems from local and global farming examples; obtain new skills in analyzing agricultural systems from a multi-disciplinary and integrated approach to develop creative and sustainable solutions for food systems and enhance their ability to obtain new and diverse sustainable careers in food and agricultural systems. The Agroecology minor is open to all baccalaureate students. It is designed for students majoring in Biological Sciences, Plant & Soil Sciences, Horticultural Science and Animal Science, but will be of interest to a wide array of students as agriculture has broad implications in the life sciences, economics, and sociology."

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The Agroecology Program offers a Master's degree with two tracks: 1)The Public Practice Option trains project developers and program managers at the interfaces of agriculture and other sectors of society; and 2) The Research Option addresses the need for continued research and scholarship.

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The Bachelor of Science degree in Agroecology is an interdisciplinary degree program within the Department of Plant Sciences and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. An Agroecology Minor also is available. Alternative contact: Department of Plant Sciences. 50 Agriculture Building. Phone: 307-766-3103.

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Associates of Arts Emphasis. Topics include agroecology, ecological urban food production, agroforestry, food systems analysis, food culture and politics, a seminar in bioregional food systems careers, and an internship, practicum or research in sustainable agriculture.

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In addition, M.Sc. and Ph.D. Crop Science graduate programs include coursework and research with individual faculty whose programs emphasize agroecology, integrated pest management, urban agriculture, and sustainable landscapes. Minors in Crop Science can focus in same subject areas represented in undergraduate concentrations.

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The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) engages in research, education, and outreach programs that focus on "creating agriculture and food systems that sustain both human communities and the environments in which they live." CASFS manages a 30-acre organic farm and the 3-acre Alan Chadwick Garden. Programs also include undergraduate internships, a six-month on-farm apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, farm tours, on-farm research, gardening workshops, and programs for K-12 students.

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Associates of Science Emphasis. Topics include agroecology, ecological urban food production, agroforestry, food systems analysis, food culture and politics, a seminar in bioregional food systems careers, and an internship, practicum or research in sustainable agriculture.

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"The Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute at Hampshire College is a 6-week experiential, academic program focusing on food production and sustainable agriculture, centered at the Hampshire College Farm Center. Key topics include agroecology; organic and sustainable agriculture; soil health and sustainability; pest management; and more. Eight transfer credits may be awarded for program completion.

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The Program was founded on the lifework of farmer and writer Wendell Berry, in collaboration with The Berry Center of New Castle, Kentucky. The Minor includes coursework in agroecology, sustainable agriculture, cultural and historical perspectives on agrarianism, organic crop production, food system planning and leadership, agricultural entomology, and soil ecology.

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The Program was founded on the lifework of farmer and writer Wendell Berry, in collaboration with The Berry Center of New Castle, Kentucky. This interdisciplinary, experiential-learning oriented undergraduate degree includes coursework in agroecology, sustainable agriculture, cultural and historical perspectives on agrarianism, organic crop production, food system planning and leadership, agricultural entomology, and soil ecology.

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