sustainable agriculture

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

The 300-acre Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility is dedicated to investigating irrigated and dry-land agriculture in a Mediterranean climate. Two current projects include the Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems (SAFS) research project and the ongoing 100-year study referred to as Long Term Research in Agricultural Sustainability (LTRAS).

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Rogers Farm serves as the University's sustainable agriculture research facility and is available for Cooperative Extension Service programs and teaching projects. The University's student-run community-supported agriculture program operates on the farm.

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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 50-acre farmstead, passive-solar greenhouses, solar and wind-generated electricity demonstrations, and a Community Supported Agriculture program.

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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" for students pursuing a Natural Resources Management (B.S.).

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This Minor focuses on "integrat[ing] knowledge and technology in a systems approach to manage land for sustainable utilization of natural resources."

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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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This Major focuses on "integrat[ing] knowledge and technology in a systems approach to manage land for sustainable utilization of natural resources."

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College of the Atlantic students "have the opportunity to 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 has 55 acres for grass-fed livestock production, hay, market gardening and crops, plus another 62 acres of forest." 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 Purdue University Student Farm offers students experiential learning opportunities, serves as a site for undergraduate research on sustainable agriculture, and offers courses to students who participate in the farm's operation.

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Oxford College's 11-acre Organic Farm, established in 2014, will be used "to model the use of sustainable farming techniques to support our local community and to provide education and training opportunities for our students on the issues of sustainability."

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"The Profitable Small Farms program combines hands-on learning and classroom teaching to develop the skills to start a small farm. The program has a dual focus on the technical skills to produce food sustainably with minimal negative environmental impacts and the entrepreneurial skills to develop and manage a community-based agricultural business. Throughout the program students practice growing food crops and manage small animals on the LBCC student organic farm. Farm-direct marketing is experienced by managing the college CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, and selling to the campus restaurants and students and staff at the college farmers' market."

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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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The College's Practice of Organic Agriculture program and the Practice of Sustainable Agriculture program have both an academic program and an on-farm component at the Evergreen State College Organic Farm; coursework offered in sustainable agriculture and organic production; ecological agriculture courses emphasize holistic, systems thinking and global agroecosystems; Farm to Table focuses on food systems including organic gardening and food preparation. The Evergreen College also has a permaculture site, demonstration site, compost facility, and a biodiesel generation project. Evergreen College doesn't offer Majors or Minors; students have the options of focusing studies in a particular area and designating that as their area of emphasis.

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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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"Through the Sustainable Agriculture (SAG) Undergraduate Degree Program, students can obtain a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture within the Individualized Programs track. Students in other majors can obtain a Minor in Sustainable Agriculture. The University of Kentucky's SAG program is hands-on, featuring field-based coursework and an apprenticeship at the University of Kentucky Organic Farming Research and Education Unit, the home to a 150-member UK Community Supported Agriculture program."

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