sustainable agriculture

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

The Richard Alsina Fulton Center for Sustainability Studies 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. Previously called the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living.

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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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Coursework for the program covers organic fruit and crop production, organic gardening, viticulture, integrated pest management, composting, specialty crops and sustainable production.

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The Wendell Berry Farming Program of Sterling College is a two-year program, based in Henry County, Kentucky, through which students earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sustainable Agriculture from Sterling College.

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This program offers both a short-term certificate (one semester) and a one-year certificate.

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M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduate programs include coursework and research with individual faculty whose research programs emphasize agroecology, sustainable agriculture, soils, sustainable development, and restoration ecology.

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This certificate focuses on "the principles of agribusiness management, sustainable agriculture and direct farm marketing" and is designed to teach students the skills in small sustainable farm business management needed to "enter the workforce as a small farm owner or manager."

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Graduate students conducting research in Sustainable Agriculture can earn one of five M.S. degrees or three Ph.D. degrees, depending on their interests.

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"The Career Studies Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture is designed for persons interested in producing food crops for personal consumption or for sale to the public through farmers' markets and other direct-to-consumer marketing strategies."

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Students operate the Black Bear Food Guild CSA and manage the University's 3-acre farm. Note: Graduate and post-graduate degrees that include research in sustainable agriculture also are offered.

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The Institute of Applied Agriculture offers a 60-credit, 2-year certificate program in sustainable agriculture.

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