Research (student)

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

The Soil Stewards Student Farm, a University of Idaho student club for the organic farming and sustainable community, operates a 3-acre certified organic farm and research site at the University of Idaho research farms and runs a local CSA.

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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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The 300-acre Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility is "dedicated to investigating irrigated and dry-land agriculture in a Mediterranean climate." The Century Experiment (formerly known as LTRAS - Long Term Research Agricultural Sustainability) is a long-term, 100-year study implemented in 1993 on the main plots of Russell Ranch. The Experiment also includes the former Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems (SAFS) research project.

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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 Center promotes sustainability at Slippery Rock University and in the local community. Located on an 83-acre university demonstration farm, the center demonstrates sustainable technologies and systems; supports sustainability-focused academic initiatives and research; and sponsors events, workshops and programs.

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Students use the Teaching and Research Farm and Agroecology Laboratory to enhance their classroom lessons about agroecology, agroforestry, and sustainable farming practices. The farm is approximately 35 acres of pasture with 130 acres woodlot and woodlands. It includes a large greenhouse, late-nineteenth century barn, and a student residence where five to six Agroecology students live and work on the sustainable production of vegetables, fruit crops, poultry and livestock.

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The New Mexico State University Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde "conducts agricultural and natural resource research to benefit small family farms and ranches of north-central New Mexico."

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The Grand Valley State University Sustainable Agriculture Project and farm provides students, faculty and staff with a space for research and experiential learning in sustainable and organic agriculture and incorporates a CSA. The Project also offers courses, programs, internships and other activities that promote awareness about sustainable development.

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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 seventy-seven 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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The SAG program offers a minor in Sustainable Agriculture and a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture. SAG is hands-on, featuring field-based coursework and an apprenticeship at the University of Kentucky Organic Farming Research and Education Unit (OFREU)," the home to the University's Community Supported Agriculture program. An interdisciplinary team of researchers from multiple departments conduct organic-focused research on 13 acres of the OFREU.

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The University of Georgia's certified-organic farm, a four-acre area with field plots and a greenhouse at the Durham Horticulture Research Farm in Watkinsville, provides students in the Certificate Program in Organic Agriculture with hands-on learning opportunities.

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Students from all University of Georgia majors can take classes, volunteer, or gain hands-on experience in organic agriculture and local food systems. Classes are offered as part of the Local Food Systems Certificate.

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North Carolina A&T's University Farm is a 492-acre working farm and "the site of research on sustainable agriculture and natural resources conservation, including swine waste research and soil conservation."

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Students use organic techniques on five acres for outdoor field production and on 9,000 square feet of year round high tunnel production. Students sell the majority of the agricultural products to university residence halls and market the remainder directly to customers on campus. "The farm is a hands-on learning environment for low-input, environmental and economically sustainable food production."

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

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