sustainable agriculture

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

The Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program supports graduate student research into "agriculture, food systems and their interactions with the environment and society."

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The Agricultural Sciences major combines diverse coursework with hands-on experience. The sustainable agriculture concentration "allows students to combine interests in environmental and social studies with current topics in agriculture such as organic farming practices, local food initiatives, farm workers' rights, energy sources, and farm policy."

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"The Agroecology program ... combines student-centered research, education, and community engagement in various projects to address locally relevant issues that affect agroecosystems in South Texas, including in sustainable agriculture, community supported agriculture, urban forestry, and sustainable food systems."

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Certificate of Completion Program includes sustainable and organic agriculture techniques practiced on the islands of Maui and Moloka'i. Courses in Sustainable Tropical Crop Production.

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The Agroecology undergraduate minor "is open to all baccalaureate students. It is designed for students majoring in Biological Sciences, Plant & Soil Sciences, Horticultural Science and Animal Science, but will be of interest to a wide array of students as agriculture has broad implications in the life sciences, economics, and sociology."

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Certificate of Achievement Program includes sustainable and organic agriculture techniques practiced on the islands of Maui and Moloka'i. Courses in Sustainable Tropical Crop Production.

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The Agriculture and Natural Resources (B.S.) includes courses in sustainable agricultural practices, and bees and beekeeping. Experiential learning opportunities are offered in livestock, organic field and forage crops, and organic horticultural production, as well as value-added processing and marketing, at the Berea College Farm.

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"The goal of these educational opportunities is to provide beginning and existing farmers with the planning and decision-making tools, production skills, and support necessary to develop a sustainable farm or food business."

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The Civic Agriculture and Food Systems (Multidisciplinary Minor) (18 credits) is open to students in all degree programs at the university.

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The Farm is an educational laboratory for students in the Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) program and serves as a model of sustainable regional agriculture. Experiential learning opportunities are offered in livestock, organic field and forage crops, and organic horticultural production, as well as value-added processing and marketing. The College's Agriculture and Natural Resources (B.S.) degree includes courses in sustainable agricultural practices, and bees and beekeeping.

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"The vision of the Cultivating Success program is to increase producer and consumer understanding, value, and support of sustainable local farming systems in Idaho through educational and experiential opportunities."

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The Farmer Training Program is a 6-month intensive program for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides a hands-on, skill-based education in sustainable agriculture. This full-time program offers participants the unique opportunity to manage their own growing site, take classes from professors and expert farmers, and rotate as workers and learners on successful, diverse farms in the Burlington area.

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Courses in Sustainable Agriculture (NREM 304/504) and Sustainable Land Systems (LA 471). Course in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (NREM 335/535) addresses bioenergy (particularly dedicated to energy crops) in a sustainability context.

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The Green Mountain College's Cerridwen Farm provides experiential learning opportunities to students in the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major and the Masters in Sustainable Food Systems graduate program and to other College students. The Farm is part of the College's Sustainable Food Solutions project that conducts research in sustainable agriculture and food production projects such as renewable energy, local and regional food processing, and high tunnel crop production.

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Organic agriculture is one of the research emphasis areas at the Plant Science Research Center. Located on the Alabama University Campus, the Center is one of three research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system that have certified organic research plots and that focus on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers.

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Students in the "dual master's degree program between the University of Georgia and the University of Padova, Italy...spend one year at UGA taking classes and one year at the University of Padova engaged in research." "Upon completion of the program, the student receives a master's degree in crop and soil sciences with an emphasis in sustainable agriculture from UGA and a laurea magistrale in sustainable agriculture from the University of Padova."

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The Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) "serves students, faculty, and the community through education, research, and demonstration of organic and sustainable farming practices." COSA's two working farms support instruction in organic dairy production, management intensive grazing, organic forage production, sustainable livestock husbandry, organic vegetable production and more.

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The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) creates "multidisciplinary research and education/training projects" that focus on how "integrated farming systems can contribute to environmental, economic, social, and intergenerational sustainability."

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The 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. The Unit is one of three organic agriculture research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system that has certified organic research plots and focuses on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers.

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"Land in the Organic Research Unit is available to all researchers at North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University to conduct short-term research projects." "CEFS faculty, in their work to support sustainable agriculture and local food systems, conduct research and provide demonstrations of organic production practices at the Organic Research Unit, the Small Farm Unit, and the long-term Farming Systems Research Unit. One hundred and six acres of the 2,000-acre research station are currently certified organic." Offers a Sustainable Agriculture Research Apprenticeship Program and internships.

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The College of the Redwoods Sustainable Agriculture Farm, a 38-acre student-operated sustainable organic farm, offers farm enterprise courses and includes a CSA program.

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University students, faculty and researchers use the 30-acre organic farm and 3-acre Alan Chadwick Garden as teaching and research sites in organic horticulture and agriculture. Programs also include farm tours, gardening workshops, and programs for K-12 students.

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