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Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

The E.V. Smith Research Center Horticulture Unit is a certified organic vegetable production area where research emphasis areas include certified organic vegetable production and sustainable agriculture. The Unit is one of three organic agriculture research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system that has certified organic research plots and focuses on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers.

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"Busby Farm serves Lincoln University Cooperative Research (LUCR) by demonstrating and researching organic, integrated and sustainable ways to farm." It is one of the largest organic research farms in the United States.

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The Farm's "mission is to promote agroecology and sustainable food systems by providing a diversity of experiential learning opportunities for NC State and the broader community."

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Student-designed "paths" could include courses on ecological agriculture, permaculture design, and/or the College's Practice of Organic Agriculture course which spans 3 quarters and has both an academic and on-farm component at the Evergreen State College Organic Farm. The course addresses practices in organic farming; running a farm business; and marketing food. One quarter explores "organic food production systems using the three pillars of sustainability - economic, environmental, and social justice." The Evergreen College also has a permaculture site, demonstration site, compost facility, and a biodiesel generation project. Evergreen College does not 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 Agricultural Sustainability Institute Student Farm offers practical, hands-on sustainable agriculture education through courses, internships, special projects, summer organic farming internship, garden-based child/youth-focused education program and research projects. Undergraduate and graduate sustainable agriculture courses and curricula offered in conjunction with other courses on campus.

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Research at the North Alabama Horticulture Research Center is focused on organic production of tomatoes, peppers and sweet potatoes in organic systems. The Center is one of three organic agriculture research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system that has certified organic research plots and focuses on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers.

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Cornercopia is a student-managed, USDA-certified organic, sustainable farm with over 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables. The farm offers research opportunities, internships and a Student Organic Farm Marketing and Planning course.

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Cornell University manages research farms, orchards, greenhouses, and other facilities dedicated to sustainable agriculture and to organic research. Research programs focus on: organic vegetable production; weed and crop management, organic production systems and breeding and variety testing; organic grain trials; pest management; vegetable pest and crop management systems; organic greenhouse production; organic grape production; and organic apple production.

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The College of the Redwoods Sustainable Agriculture Farm, a 40-acre student-operated certified organic farm, offers farm enterprise courses, student internships, and includes a CSA program.

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The Snyder Research and Extension Farm is the Rutgers University Center for Sustainable Agriculture. The Snyder Farm offers land [including certified organic], research and other services to Rutgers faculty studying sustainable agricultural production techniques.

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The 14-acre certified organic farm, located on the Clemson campus, "serves as a resource for training and education in sustainable and organic agriculture" and "offers research opportunities for undergraduate/graduate students, and also provides students of any discipline with hands-on experience in organic production systems."

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"Land in the Organic Research Unit is available to all researchers at North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University to conduct short-term research projects." "CEFS faculty, in their work to support sustainable agriculture and local food systems, conduct research and provide demonstrations of organic production practices at the Organic Research Unit, the Small Farm Unit, and the long-term Farming Systems Research Unit. One hundred and six acres of the 2,000-acre research station are currently certified organic." Offers a Sustainable Agriculture Research Apprenticeship Program and internships.

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University students, faculty and researchers use the 30-acre organic farm and 3-acre Alan Chadwick Garden as teaching and research sites in organic horticulture and agriculture. Programs also include farm tours, gardening workshops, and programs for K-12 students.

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Students operate a 1.5 acre organic farm, sell produce to campus dining halls, and hire summer interns with farm profits. Farm practices include drip irrigation and a hoophouse.

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The 9-acre, certified organic Cal Poly Organic Farm provides "undergraduate students a place to experience hands-on learning in organic and sustainable farming practices." Offers on-site enterprise project courses and volunteer opportunities.

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The Cabrillo College Horticulture Organic Farm provides hands-on training and theory in Best Management Practices, including small- or large-scale organic farming and even conventional farming.

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Sustainable practices are taught at the 85-acre Butte College Farm of which 17 acres is certified organic. Organic Farming Workshops are held February through June. Offers Agricultural Science course (AGS 104B) on organic farming techniques including organic methods of disease and pest control.

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The Bowdoin Organic Garden provides research opportunities for faculty and agricultural experiences for the college community, and it supplies vegetables and fruits to the College's Dining Service.

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The University of Georgia farmland includes more than six acres of certified organic production area with field plots and a greenhouse at the Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville, and provides students in the Certificate Program in Organic Agriculture with hands-on learning opportunities.

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The Farm is an educational laboratory for students in the Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) program and "serves as a model of sustainable agriculture." Experiential learning opportunities are offered in livestock, organic field and forage crops, and organic horticultural production, as well as value-added processing and marketing. The College's Agriculture and Natural Resources (B.S.) degree includes courses in sustainable agricultural practices, and bees and beekeeping.

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Dilmun Hill is "a student-run organic research farm that has been practicing sustainable agriculture on Cornell University's campus for more than two decades." The farm offers students with "opportunities for experiential learning, group collaboration and research." Students operate campus farm stands and supply produce to the campus dining services.

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Beech Hill Farm is the College of the Atlantic's working, sustainable organic student farm that students also use for for coursework and projects. "Students, staff, faculty, and farm managers work collaboratively to meet the farm's threefold goal of local and sustainable food production, education and good land stewardship."

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The College's 50-acre, USDA-certified organic farm is available to students and faculty for research projects, labs and onsite courses. Crops are earmarked for the campus Dining Hall and the farm's Campus Supported Agriculture program. Youth programs include "Farm, Cook, Eat, Sustainable Earth Education (SEED)" courses and workshops.

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Organic agriculture is one of the research emphasis areas at the Plant Science Research Center. Located on the Alabama University Campus, the Center is one of three research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system that have certified organic research plots and that focus on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers.

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