sustainable agriculture

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

The Wendell Berry Farming Program of Sterling College is a two-year, tuition-free 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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The program focuses on sustainable agriculture and food systems and "is designed to prepare graduate-level students for advanced studies while integrating the framework of sustainable practices."

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

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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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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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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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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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"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, home to the University's Community Supported Agriculture program."

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