sustainable agriculture

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

Students in this 15-credit Sustainable Horticulture Certificate "explore procedures of sustainable agriculture systems, plant production in a greenhouse setting, landscaping techniques that encourage biodiversity and organic food production."

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The school offers a pasture-based dairy and livestock seminar within the UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course, online, or via facilitated distance education classrooms throughout Wisconsin. Training is conducted through traditional classroom activities, hands-on internships, and farm tours of pasture-based farms managed by successful graduates and mentors. The program emphasizes business and financial planning knowledge required to run a successful farm business.

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The 6-credit micro-certificate offers on-farm classes at the student farm and "provides a practical foundation in sustainable small farm agriculture through the study and hands-on design, planning, and operation of agriculture systems relevant to small farm environments."

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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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The 16-credit micro-certificate offers on-farm classes at the student farm and "provides a practical foundation in sustainable small farm agriculture through the study and hands-on design, planning, and operation of agriculture systems relevant to small farm environments."

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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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The Warren Wilson Farm is a 300-acre working farm with diversified "mixed crop and livestock" dedicated to sustainable farming practices.

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The Sustainable Food Systems major includes "work-study on the Guilford College Farm, internships, and study-abroad opportunities."

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This USDA Web site identifies formal and non-formal educational opportunities, farm training and apprenticeships, and experts who can address the training needs of veterans.

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This program is open to students in any major who "wish to develop specialized knowledge in all aspects of sustainable, local food systems." See also: Grand Valley State University Sustainable Agriculture Project

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This hands-on, one-year certificate program provides "student veterans with the skill set needed to manage or launch a successful sustainable agriculture production enterprise."

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The University of Michigan Campus Farm located at Matthaei Botanical Gardens provides both formal and informal educational opportunities and research related to food systems, sustainability, and sustainable food production.

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