organic production

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

This 18-credit, online program is offered each quarter.

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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 Paul L. Byrne Agricultural Teaching and Research Center is an 800-acre diversified farm that includes an Organic Dairy Unit and research in organic vegetable production. The farm is used to evaluate and demonstrate organic and sustainable farming practices.

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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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Oxford College's 11-acre Organic Farm, established in 2014, provides student hands-on experience and educational opportunities. Produce is served in the dining halls, sold at the Emory University farmers market, and sold to local community members through a CSA.

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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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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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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 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 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 365-acre Shone Farm provides hands-on experience to students in the Sustainable Agriculture and Animal Science Programs. Students produce and sell grass-fed beef, direct market value-added products, and operate a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

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An outdoor classroom, Seeds@City Urban Farm, offers hands-on training in sustainable, organic, local and community agriculture.

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Acquired in 2018, the Center will be the first at the University to focus on organic farming and organic -certified production systems. The Center "will offer educational programs in organic and sustainalbe agriculture production. Public programs are expected to focus on biological control, pollinators, soil health, native plant landscaping, horticulture organic food processing and marketing, food safety and nutrition." The center includes a certified organic heirloom fruit orchard and produces 68 varieties or apples, eight varieties or pears and eight other types of fruit."

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Rogers Farm serves as the University's organic and sustainable agriculture research facility and is used for "a wide range of teaching, research and outreach activities." The University operates its student-run community-supported agriculture program on the farm.

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The Richard Alsina Fulton Center for Sustainability Studies facilitates practical training and research and is used to demonstrate sustainable methods of soil improvement, weed and pest control, cover and biointensive cropping, rotation, use of compost and green manures, and alternative fuel research. The Center includes the Fulton Farm, a USDA-certified 50-acre farmstead, passive-solar greenhouses, solar and wind-generated electricity demonstrations, and a Community Supported Agriculture program. Previously called the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living.

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The Sustainable Living Department offers a 10-month Certificate program in Regenerative Organic Agriculture and a Bachelor's degree in the same area. The programs emphasize practices that improve soil and create balanced farm ecosystems. The certified organic farm and greenhouses provide hands-on learning opportunities for students, including marketing to local buyers and via a CSA program. Students have access to internship opportunities on farms from the local areas to overseas.

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The Sustainable Living Department offers a Bachelor's degree in Regenerative Organic Agriculture and a 10-month certificate program in the same area. The programs emphasize practices that improve soil and create balanced farm ecosystems. The certified organic farm and greenhouses provide hands-on learning opportunities for students, including marketing to local buyers and via a CSA program. Students have access to internship opportunities on farms from the local areas to overseas.

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The 1.2 acre Pomona College Organic Farm serves as a site for hands-on education in "various methods of small-scale ecological farming." Students, faculty and staff use the farm for academic studies and have conducted research for thesis projects on sustainability. The farm hosts local school groups and community tours, and offers workshops and events for community members.

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Coursework for the program covers organic fruit and crop production, organic gardening, viticulture, integrated pest management, composting, specialty crops and sustainable crop production.

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