organic production

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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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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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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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The Middlebury College Organic Farm serves as an outdoor classroom for students who also grow and sell organic produce to the College's dining facilities and local restaurants and stores.

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The 90-acre Organic Crops Unit, one of six farming units that make up the East Tennessee Ag Research and Education Center, includes 14 acres certified organic and 7 acres under conventional production. The farms support faculty and graduate student research, with a primary emphasis on sustainable and organic crop production.

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The farm "is a 15-acre, certified organic year-round teaching and production farm." Its markets include a year-round CSA, an on-campus farm stand, and sales to campus dining halls. Programs include the Organic Farmer Training Program, collaboration with the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Specialization, undergraduate coursework and research, experiential educational opportunities, and Outreach and Extension programs.

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The Oregon State University Organic Growers Club is an all-volunteer, student-run, organic farming project located on about two acres of the University's agricultural research land. The 300-member student organization sells farm products on-campus.

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"The Organic Farmer Training Program is a nine-month intensive training program in year-round organic farming focusing on diversified production of vegetables, livestock, flowers, fruits and herbs for local markets." Program includes management of "15 acre certified organic farm including its 20,000 square foot of passive solar greenhouse space and the Student Organic Farm for its primary markets including a 48-week CSA, 7-month on campus farm stand, and sales to campus dinning services."

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Ohio State University organic farming research initiatives and outreach are coordinated through the OFFER program. OFFER's land resources include land on three farms near Wooster and at the John Hirzel Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems Research Site in northwestern Ohio.

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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 Organic Farming Research and Education Unit (OFREU), a 20-acre USDA-certified organic farm and research facility, is available for organic vegetable production, the student community supported agriculture program, Sustainable Agriculture Program (SAG) student apprenticeships, teaching resources and courses for the SAG curriculum, and faculty and student research in sustainable organic horticultural production systems. OFREU also serves as a venue for labs and hands-on learning.

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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 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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