sustainable agriculture

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

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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Research in organic topics, leading to 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 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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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 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 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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Coursework in sustainable agriculture, organic vegetable production and current issues in food and agriculture. Academic programs involve Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. Research conducted on alternative crops, organic production/sustainability, and integrated pest management. Assists New Mexico small farm operators through the Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde.

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"MISA supports University of Minnesota programs that provide students with the opportunity to interact with faculty involved in sustainable agriculture research; with practitioners who are applying sustainable principles on their farms; and with organizations and agencies that work on myriad aspects of sustainability in agriculture."

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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."

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The online certificate focuses on the production of plants, fruits, crops, medicinal plants, and vegetables. The program is open to high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, master gardeners, and others.

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Rogers Farm serves as the University's organic and sustainable agriculture research facility and is used for "a wide range of teaching, research and outreach activities." The University operates its student-run community-supported agriculture program on the farm.

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Farm practices at the University of Wisconsin's Pioneer Farm, a 430-acre laboratory and demonstration facility, focus on sustainable agriculture and agroecology with instruction in precision agriculture, soil conservation methods, and diversified cropping systems.

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The Robyn Van En Center "provides outreach and works to gain publicity about CSA farms in order to benefit community farmers and communities everywhere." The Center maintains a national database of CSA farms and provides information about the history of the CSA movement.

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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 Richard Alsina Fulton Center for Sustainable Living facilitates practical training and research and is used to demonstrate sustainable methods of soil improvement, weed and pest control, cover and biointensive cropping, rotation, use of compost and green manures, and alternative fuel research. The Center includes the Fulton Farm, a USDA-certified 50-acre farmstead, passive-solar greenhouses, solar and wind-generated electricity demonstrations, and a Community Supported Agriculture program.

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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 Matanuska Experiment Farm at the University of Alaska is part of the Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station. It "provides a site in Southcentral Alaska for research in sustainable agriculture, land reclamation and other environmental issues like renewable energy and environmental remediation."

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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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