sustainable agriculture

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

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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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 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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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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"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 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 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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Non-credit certificate. Courses include: Local and Global Food Systems; Sustainable Farming and Urban Agriculture; Between Farm and Table; Food Justice: Ethical Production and Distribution

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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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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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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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The Student Organic Farm is USDA certified, provides instruction to students on organic and sustainable food systems, and operates a Community Supported Agriculture program.

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The SAG program offers a minor in Sustainable Agriculture and a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture with a Farming or a Community Food Systems Track. SAG is hands-on, featuring field-based coursework and an apprenticeship at the University of Kentucky Organic Farming Research and Education Unit (OFREU), 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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