sustainable agriculture

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

Students use organic techniques on six acres for outdoor field production and on 9,000 square feet of year round high tunnel production. "The farm is a hands-on learning environment for low-input, environmental and economically sustainable food production."  The farm hosts research projects, offers tours and workshops related to organic and sustainable agriculture, and markets agricultural products to university residence halls or directly to customers on campus.

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"The Urban Farm is an outdoor university classroom where students learn to grow their own food organically and sustainably."   The farm also features beekeeping and pollination.  It partners with academic units across the University and hosts classes, group projects and researchers.  Students work with community partners, local farmers, and food processors to gain "hands-on, interactive experience."  

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Interdisciplinary research teams develop and implement integrated fruit crop pest management programs that are economical, environmentally sound, and transition toward organically approved and more sustainable systems. Produces Extension Service' Fruits, Nuts, and Vegetables - Insect Management website.

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North Carolina A&T State University's 492-acre University Farm hosts "research on sustainable agriculture and natural resources conservation, including swine waste research and soil conservation."

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The Yale Sustainable Food Program manages the Yale Farm, collaborates with faculty at the undergraduate and graduate level on courses and educational opportunities related to food and agriculture, supports the Yale University sustainable dining program and offers diverse events related to food and agriculture.

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

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