The Specialty Crop Production Option includes courses previously offered within the discontinued Sustainable Food Production Option.
The Hispanic orchard employee education program (HOEEP) "offers seven 19-credit programs: basic and advanced horticulture, integrated pest management technician, farm management, introduction to viticulture and advanced viticulture, and vineyard management."
This interdisciplinary program "combines a diverse academic curriculum with practical experiences at the Hampshire College Farm Center, an organic working farm, and workshops with visiting writers, artists, and scholars." Coursework covers seed saving, urban agriculture, pesticide alternatives, local food production and other aspects of organic or sustainable agriculture. Internships and apprenticeships are available.
The 80-acre Hampshire College Farm Center is a "working farm, as well as a research, education, and outreach facility dedicated to sustainable agriculture." Operates an organic Community Supported Agriculture program.
The Food Systems curriculum integrates social science, humanities and natural science. The program "prepares students to address some of the most challenging problems of contemporary food systems, such as building climate change resilience, reducing waste across the supply chain and exploring equitable distribution and fair labor practices."
The program offers classes that focus on skills needed to run a local farm, annual workshops and educational events. The on-farm apprenticeship program focuses on sustainable, small and mid-scale production. Growing Growers is a collaborative effort between the Kansas State University Research and Extension, University of Missouri Extension, Lincoln University, Kansas Food Circle, Kansas Rural Center, Cultivate Kansas City, and the Kansas Rural Center.
The nine-credit Sustainable Agriculture Graduate Certificate provides "post-baccalaureate students with an interdisciplinary understanding of practices and current issues in sustainable agriculture...." Elective hands-on internship or practicum.
"WSU's nine-credit online certificate [provides] graduate-level expertise at researching and improving sustainable agriculture....While the certificate can be earned completely online, the electives also include a hands-on internship or practicum."
The Department of Plant Sciences offers an M.S. Degree in Plant Sciences and offers a Ph.D. in collaboration with soil science faculty in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, and Entomology and Plant Patholog faculty. Graduate studies and research opportunities in organic and sustainable crop production are available.
The Center has on-campus demonstration sites for production and growing techniques, a certified organic production area, and seven high tunnels. The Center assists "small to mid-size farmers and gardeners produce organic and specialty vegetables for sale."