food systems

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

Interdisciplinary program offered through the Crop and Soil Sciences and the Horticultural Science departments.

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The Civic Agriculture and Food Systems (Multidisciplinary Minor) (18 credits) is open to students in all degree programs at the university.

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The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) creates "multidisciplinary research and education/training projects" that focus on how "integrated farming systems can contribute to environmental, economic, social, and intergenerational sustainability."

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The 3-week Breakthrough Leaders Professional Certificate Program "combines online and on-campus cross-disciplinary learning to addres problems and opportunities relating to sustainable food systems and leadership."

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The Food Systems curriculum integrates social science, humanities and natural science approaches to understanding connections among vital interests of humanity in creating nourishment, pursuing health and well-being and sustaining the environment.

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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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This interdisciplinary certificate provides an overview of the concepts and issues of the local food movement.

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The Integrated Agriculture and Food Systems program combines education in the fundamentals of crop, soil, and livestock management with instruction in business management. It focuses on "the integration of crop and livestock production principles to create sustainable farming and food systems." The program includes laboratory courses, field trips, and internships on the FVCC campus farm and in the community."

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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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The Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Club provides "education through advocating alternative agricultural practices and methods, demonstrating fundamentals of agroecosystems and sustainable food systems to foster the awareness of social and environmental concerns to the University of Florida students and the local community."

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The Sterling College Farm programs in vegetable production, livestock management and woodlot management support the courses in the Sustainable Agriculture major and in the Food Systems major, serves the College's dining hall, and offers general farming experience for agriculture students.

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