organic production

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

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

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The Organic Dairy Research Farm, managed as an integrated agro-ecosystem, conducts research in both organic and conventional farm operations. A primary focus "is to undertake research of relevance to organic farm systems to better serve the organic farming community, consumers, and the environment. "

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The Leopold Center is a "research and education center created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources."

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The KU Student Farm "provides individual and community plots where University students, faculty and staff can grow their own food using organic methods."

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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 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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Iowa State University undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and community members manage the 2-acre organic farm and Community Supported Agriculture program.

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The Organic Agriculture Working Group brings "together Kentucky State University researchers, teachers, and extension staff whose work relates to organic agriculture...to develop agricultural systems compatible with" the USDA National Organic Program Standards.

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Three research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system have certified organic research plots and focus on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers. E.V. Smith Research Center Horticulture Unit is a certified organic vegetable production area where research emphasis areas include certified organic vegetable production and sustainable agriculture. Research at the North Alabama Horticulture Research Center is focused on no-till production of tomatoes, peppers, and sweet potatoes in organic systems. The Plant Science Research Center on the Auburn University campus also conducts research in organic production.

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The certified organic 5.8 acre Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden is managed through a partnership with Conservation Corps North Bay and University of California Cooperative Extension and is used to teach Marin County residents about local agriculture. The farm also is available to students for research, coursework, and degree program requirements.

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"The goal of the Oregon State University Organic Agriculture Program is to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of organic farms through integrated research, extension and education programs." The program offers courses in organic agriculture, organic research and Extension projects, and an all-volunteer, student-run Organic Growers Club and farm.

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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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Research in organic topics, leading to a graduate degree in Horticulture, Agronomy or Sustainable Agriculture (GPSA), is available in Dr. Delate's lab. Experiment station and on-farm organic agricultural research, Extension activities, bulletins, field days, and training.

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The Howdy Farm provides Texas A&M students with "hands on experience in interdisciplinary sustainable agriculture," "facilitate[s] sustainability research for the state of Texas," and "promote[s] organic, sustainable, and environmentally-responsible farming methods."

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The Colorado State University's Interdisciplinary Minor in Organic Agriculture is a cooperative effort of four departments within the Colorado State University, College of Agricultural Sciences: Agricultural and Resource Economics; Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management; Horticulture and Landscape Architecture; and Soil and Crop Sciences.

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The Master of Science in Horticulture with an Emphasis on Organic and Sustainable Production is designed to provide students with an introduction to the scientific research process and the opportunity to complete an integrated research project relevant to the increasingly complex organic industry. This degree offers more focused coursework and a research project designed to explore the areas of organic and sustainable production. "

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The NTCC farm demonstrates and promotes "sustainable agriculture practices including organic vegetable production, management of soil health utilizing cover cropping, no-till techniques, and rain water harvesting all with a primary focus on conserving and renewing natural resources on the farm." The farm offers internships/apprenticeships for sustainable agriculture students and other NTCC students, and serves as is a venue for training and mentoring local agriculture producers. Local FFA high school students, teachers and garden clubs use the farm for hands-on learning.

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Coursework in sustainable agriculture, organic vegetable production and current issues in food and agriculture. Academic programs involve Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. Research conducted on alternative crops, organic production/sustainability, and integrated pest management. Assists New Mexico small farm operators through the Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde.

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This intensive three-day course offers practical guidance on setting up and running an apple orchard business. The school includes guidance on both IPM and organic production methods as well as variety and root stock selection, planting schemes, pruning, marketing options, and economic considerations. Taught by experienced growers.

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