sustainable agriculture

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

The Specialty Crop Production Option includes courses previously offered within the discontinued Sustainable Food Production Option.

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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."

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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.

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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."

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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.

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The Integrated Agriculture and Food Systems program combines education in the fundamentals of crop, soil, and livestock management with instruction in business management. It focuses on "the integration of crop and livestock production principles to create sustainable farming and food systems." 

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The 92-acre Organic Crops Unit, one of six farming units that make up the East Tennessee Ag Research and Education Center, includes 14 acres certified organic and 7 acres under conventional production. The farms support faculty and graduate student research, with a primary emphasis on sustainable and organic crop production.

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Two research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system have certified organic research plots that focus on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers. E.V. Smith Research Center Horticulture Unit research areas include certified organic vegetable production and conservation tillage aspects of sustainable agriculture. The Plant Science Research Center on the Auburn University campus conducts research on organic transplants, vegetable crops and microgreens.

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The KU Community Farm, previously referred to at the KU Student Farm, "provides individual and community plots where KU students, faculty, staff and others can grow their own food using organic methods."  Located at the Native Plant Medicinal Garden.

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The Organic Farming Research and Education Unit (OFREU), a 20-acre USDA-certified organic farm and research facility, is available for organic vegetable production, the student community supported agriculture program, Sustainable Agriculture Program (SAG) student apprenticeships, teaching resources and courses for the SAG curriculum, and faculty and student research in sustainable organic horticultural production systems. OFREU also serves as a venue for labs and hands-on learning.

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The Paul L. Byrne Agricultural Teaching and Research Center is an 800-acre diversified farm that includes an Organic Dairy Unit and research in organic vegetable production. The farm is used to evaluate and demonstrate organic and sustainable farming practices.

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The NTCC farm demonstrates and promotes "sustainable agriculture practices including organic vegetable production, management of soil health utilizing cover cropping, no-till techniques, and rain water harvesting all with a primary focus on conserving and renewing natural resources on the farm." The farm offers internships/apprenticeships for sustainable agriculture students and other NTCC students, and serves as is a venue for training and mentoring local agriculture producers. Local FFA high school students, teachers and garden clubs use the farm for hands-on learning.

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The MSRS integrates a variety of disciplines including agriculture, physical science, environmental design, engineering, and business. The John T. Lyle Center researches and demonstrates regenerative strategies such as energy production technology, organic agriculture, ecological restoration, and sustainable community development.

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The Howdy Farm provides Texas A&M students with "hands on experience in interdisciplinary sustainable agriculture," "facilitate[s] sustainability research for the state of Texas," and "promote[s] organic, sustainable, and environmentally-responsible farming methods."

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The Stanford Educational Farm is a living laboratory offering academic and experiential opportunities in the practice of sustainable agriculture. "The farm utilizes agroecological relationships to grow over 200 varieties of vegetables, flowers, herbs, field crops and fruit."

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College of the Atlantic students can design and participate in independent and group studies, work-study jobs, and final projects that involve Peggy Rockefeller Farms and nearby Beech Farm. Peggy Rockefeller Farms operations include the production of pastured livestock; cultivation of certified organic livestock, fruits, berries, vegetables, and mushrooms; and renewable energy projects. The Farm employs students, provides students with opportunities for hands-on experiences, and offers classes that include organic gardening and farm planning.

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Oxford College's 11-acre Organic Farm, established in 2014, provides student hands-on experience and educational opportunities. Produce is served in the dining halls, sold at the Emory University farmers market, and sold to local community members through a CSA.

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Miller Farm provides a space for students who study sustainable agriculture to conduct experiments, host discussions, supplement coursework, explore small-scale farmng practices, and more.

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