organic production

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

"The Certificate in Organic Agriculture is an 18-credit undergraduate program that can be taken along with a major in another field, or as a stand-alone educational experience." The interdisciplinary certificate combines coursework from several departments in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences (CAHNRS).

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The UMass Student Farm produces USDA-certified organic produce on 14 acres located on the UMASS Research and Education Farm in South Deerfield and the Agricultural Learning Center near Amherst.

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The certificate is a full-year program, including three internships, with coursework and hands-on work experience in organic, alternative, and sustainable agricultural production.

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Coursework and research in sustainable agriculture, organic agriculture, integrated pest management, and alternative crops.

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"West Virginia University's Organic Agriculture Research Farm is among the largest certified organic research farms dedicated to teaching, research and outreach." Undergraduates and graduates have access to 144 acres of certified organic farm land for research on a range of academic disciplines, including "horiticulture, agronomy, soil science, animal science, soil biology, plant pathology, entomology, weed science, and agricultural economics."

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Paul Quinn College converted its football field into the student- and employee-operated organic "WE Over Me Farm". Located in a food desert, the Farm provides organic produce to local charitable organizations, community members, the college, and restaurants and grocers in Dallas, TX.

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The Eggert Family Organic Farm, a 30-acre certified organic farm near the Pullman, WA campus, is operated through the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. The farm is used for teaching and Extension, and for the WSU scientific community to conduct organic research projects. Students in the Practicum in Organic Agriculture class operate the farm and gain hands-on training in organic production and certification, and in local food marketing.

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