organic production

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

This one-year, 27-credit, online certificate covers the "the history, values, benefits, regulations and practices associated with organic agriculture."

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The Agricultural Sciences major combines diverse coursework with hands-on experience at the Dilmun Hill Student Farm. The sustainable cropping systems management curriculum focuses on "the production and management of crop systems, including the use of both organic and conventional methods."

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The 23-acre Student Farm offers practical, hands-on sustainable agriculture education through courses, internships, special projects, summer organic farming internship, a pollinator program, a garden-based child/youth-focused education program and research projects. Undergraduate and graduate sustainable agriculture courses and curricula offered in conjunction with other courses on campus.

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The Farm's "mission is to promote agroecology and sustainable food systems by providing a diversity of experiential learning opportunities for NC State and the broader community."

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Certificate of Achievement Program includes sustainable and organic agriculture techniques practiced on the islands of Maui and Moloka'i. Courses in Sustainable Tropical Crop Production.

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"Busby Farm serves Lincoln University Cooperative Research (LUCR) by demonstrating and researching organic, integrated and sustainable ways to farm." It is one of the largest organic research farms in the United States.

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The program includes sustainable and organic agriculture techniques practiced on the islands of Maui and Moloka'i. Courses in Sustainable Tropical Crop Production.

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Coursework in the Agricultural Technology Program covers organic and sustainable technology, organic food production systems, sustainable vegetable production, application of sustainability practices, precision agriculture, high tunnels, and hydroponic systems and more. "Emphasis is placed on the application of sustainability principles on the university's farm, research plots, gardens, hydroponic systems, greenhouses, and high tunnels."

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The Agricultural Technology (A.A.S.) is offered through a joint agreement with the Lansing Community College and the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT).

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Student-designed "paths" could include courses on ecological agriculture, permaculture design, and/or the College's Practice of Organic Agriculture course which spans 3 quarters and has both an academic and on-farm component at the Evergreen State College Organic Farm. The course addresses practices in organic farming; running a farm business; and marketing food. One quarter explores "organic food production systems using the three pillars of sustainability - economic, environmental, and social justice." The Evergreen College also has a permaculture site, demonstration site, compost facility, and a biodiesel generation project.

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The Major in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture also is available at the Pullman, Washington campus.

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The E.V. Smith Research Center Horticulture Unit, one of two organic agriculture research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system, has certified organic research plots and focuses on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers. Research areas include certified organic vegetable production and conservation tillage aspects of sustainable agriculture.

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The Major in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture also is available at the Everett, Washington campus. The Eggert Family Organic Farm, a 30-acre certified organic farm, is used for teaching and Extension, hands-on learning, and research.

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Students in the Agriculture and Food Systems major can "tailor their course work to their specific interests" to focus their area of study on sustainable or organic agriculture, agricultural policy and entrepreneurship, alternative energy, community supported agriculture or other interests.

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The Agricultural Sciences major combines diverse coursework with hands-on experience at the Dilmun Hill Student Farm. The organic agriculture curriculum provides instruction "about the philosophy and regulations involved with certified organic crop production" and on "practical ways of growing crops and managing pests using organic methods."

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Research at the North Alabama Horticulture Research Center is focused on organic production of tomatoes, peppers and sweet potatoes in organic systems. The Center is one of two organic agriculture research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system that has certified organic research plots and focuses on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers.

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Students operate a 1.5 acre organic farm, sell produce to campus dining halls, and hire summer interns with farm profits. Farm practices include drip irrigation and a hoophouse.

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The on-campus, certified organic farm operates year-round and "serves as a 'living laboratory' where students can implement what they have learned in the classroom and enhance technical skills needed for successful farm operations.

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Cornercopia is a student-managed, USDA-certified organic, sustainable farm with over 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables. The farm offers research opportunities, internships and a Student Organic Farm Marketing and Planning course.

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The 14-acre certified organic farm, located on the Clemson University campus, "serves as a resource for training and education in sustainable and organic agriculture" and "offers research opportunities for undergraduate/graduate students, and also provides students of any discipline with hands-on experience in organic production systems."

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Washington State University's "Crop and Soil Science degree programs can also be developed to study sustainability of alternative cropping systems such as organic, site-specific, biointensive and direct-seed systems..."

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Washington State University's "Crop and Soil Science degree programs can also be developed to study sustainability of alternative cropping systems such as organic, site-specific, biointensive and direct-seed systems..."

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The Snyder Research and Extension Farm is the Rutgers University Center for Sustainable Agriculture. The Farm "shares the scientific resources of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences" and provides public education to the local community. Rutgers faculty study sustainable agricultural production techniques and utilize the farm, including its certified organic land, for research and other services.

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