agroecology

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

The Ecological Food and Farming Systems (EFFS) graduate specialization (M.S. or Ph.D.) "fosters understanding of interdisciplinary concepts critical to sustainable agriculture and food systems."

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Merry Lea Sustainable Farm, the agricultural component of Goshen College's Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, serves the Agroecology Summer Intensive program, the Center's K-12 programs, and the Center's Masters in Environmental Education. The "educational farm demonstrat[es] sustainable agriculture practices for students and the visiting public."

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Kentucky State University offers opportunities for undergraduates and graduates students to study and conduct research in organic and sustainable agriculture through its College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems. Courses cover agroecology, alternative energy, organic livestock production, organic and sustainable plant production systems, sustainable pest management, and urban agriculture.

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The Human Ecology degree is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to design their own degree and build a curriculum that meets their needs. This program offers learning opportunities on different "scales." Some students "focus on learning production techniques and farm management skills, or contributing to local food security and resilience efforts. Others work at the international level to understand food politics and the economics forces that affect agriculture." The college operates two organic farms: Beech Hill Farm and Peggy Rockefeller Farms.

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Farm practices at the University of Wisconsin's Pioneer Farm, a 430-acre laboratory and demonstration facility, focus on sustainable agriculture and agroecology with instruction in precision agriculture, soil conservation methods, and diversified cropping systems.

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M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduate programs include coursework and research with individual faculty whose research programs emphasize agroecology, sustainable agriculture, soils, sustainable development, and restoration ecology.

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Students use the Teaching and Research Farm and Agroecology Laboratory to enhance their classroom lessons about agroecology, agroforestry, and sustainable farming practices. The farm is approximately 35 acres of pasture with 130 acres woodlot and woodlands. It includes a large greenhouse, late-nineteenth century barn, and a student residence where five to six Agroecology students live and work on the sustainable production of vegetables, fruit crops, poultry and livestock.

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The program is a "multi-disciplinary, experiential and applied education program about key ecological and social issues in food and agricultural systems. It incorporates problem-based and hands-on learning to develop food system professionals capable of solving real-world problems and transitioning Hawaii agriculture toward greater ecological sustainability and social equity."

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This program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum between the College of Education, Health and Human Development, the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, and the Department of Animal and Range Sciences.

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