sustainable agriculture

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

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.

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"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."

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The Master of Science in Horticulture with an Emphasis on Organic and Sustainable Production "provides an introduction to the scientific research process and the opportunity to complete an integrated research project relevant to the increasingly complex organic industry. This degree offers more focused coursework and a research project designed to explore the areas of organic and sustainable production. "

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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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Students in the ten-week, online permaculture course complete a finished design and receive one-on-one guidance from experts in whole systems design and regenerative landscapes.

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Graduate Programs in Applied Entomology "provide an understanding about the importance of insects and their roles in various ecosystems." The Program offers a masters degree and graduate certificates in Beekeeping, Pest Management, Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, or Urban Agriculture.

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The 300-acre Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm includes 11 acres of certified organic land and hosts resesarch projects on organic agriculture, beneficial insects, honeybees, urban agriculture, and more.

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The Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Club provides "education through advocating alternative agricultural practices and methods, demonstrating fundamentals of agroecosystems and sustainable food systems to foster the awareness of social and environmental concerns to the University of Florida students and the local community."

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Kentucky State University offers opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students to study and conduct research in organic and sustainable agriculture through its College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems. Courses cover agroecology, alternative energy, organic livestock production, organic and sustainable plant production systems, sustainable pest management, and urban agriculture.

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This 15-credit, interdisciplinary minor "encompasses organic and sustainable practices in horticulture and plant science."

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Research in organic topics, as part of a graduate degree in Horticulture, Agronomy or Sustainable Agriculture (GPSA), is available in Dr. Delate's lab. Experiment station and on-farm organic agricultural research, Extension activities, bulletins, field days, and training.

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The Leopold Center, a research and education center, "identif[ies] and develop[s] new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources as well as reducing negative environmental and social impacts."

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Merry Lea Sustainable Farm, the agricultural component of Goshen College's Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, serves the Agroecology Summer Intensive program, the Center's K-12 programs, and the Center's Masters in Environmental Education. The "educational farm demonstrat[es] sustainable agriculture practices for students and the visiting public."  College and high school students conduct research projects and collect data at the farm.

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