sustainable agriculture

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

Interdepartmental Ph.D. degree delivered in partnership with 21 Iowa State University departments. The GPSA program also offers M.S. (thesis and non-thesis) degrees and a double degree M.S. program.

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Interdepartmental M.S. degree (thesis and non-thesis) delivered in partnership with 21 Iowa State University departments. The GPSA program also offers a Ph.D. and a double degree M.S. program.

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"Hampshire's interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program (ESSP) is a multidisciplinary program through which students develop an interdisciplinary, project-based course of study. The program includes research and courses in agroecology, environmental science; ecology; sustainable and organic agriculture; conservation; technology and design; and sustainable communities."

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Interdepartmental graduate degree delivered in partnership with 21 Iowa State University departments. The GPSA program also offers M.S. (thesis and non-thesis) and Ph.D. degrees, and a double degree M.S. program.

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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 nine-credit Sustainable Agriculture Graduate Certificate provides "graduate-level expertise at research and improving sustainable agriculture." Elective hands-on internship or practicum.

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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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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." The program includes laboratory courses, field trips, and internships on the FVCC campus farm and in the community."

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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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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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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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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, offers additional opportunities for hands-on experiences, and offers classes that include organic gardening and farm planning.

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The Human Ecology degree is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to design their own degree and build a curriculum that meets their needs. This program offers learning opportunities on different "scales." Some students "focus on learning production techniques and farm management skills, or contributing to local food security and resilience efforts. Others work at the international level to understand food politics and the economics forces that affect agriculture." The college operates two organic farms: Beech Hill Farm and Peggy Rockefeller Farms.

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The 90-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 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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