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Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

Courses and/or lectures series on organic agriculture, sustainable gardening, hydroponic food production, integrated pest management, soil conservation, and more. Operates the Cabrillo College Horticulture Organic Farm.

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"Cal Poly Pomona College of the Extended University has partnered with Archi's Acres, a local organic farm, to provide the Sustainable Agriculture Training (SAT) program. The six week certificate program includes six Cal Poly Pomona courses and students will earn 17 quarter units of academic credit for these courses in addition to receiving the certificate. These academic credits can be applied to a bachelor's degree through Cal Poly Pomona or other educational institutions."

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Archi's Acres partners with California State Polytechnic University to provide the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program. This six-week "agricultural entrepreneurial incubator" program trains transitioning service men and women, as well as the general public, in sustainable and organic agriculture techniques. The program includes six Cal Poly Pomona courses, and students can earn 17 quarter units of academic credit for these courses in addition to receiving the certificate.

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"The Organic Farming Program is a 36-credit, one-year certificate program offered through a partnership between Delaware Valley University and Rodale Institute." The program helps military veterans transition to civilian life by preparing them for a career in organic farming. GI Bill Benefits or Tuition Assistance may be available for the program. The program also is open to nonveterans.

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This 28-credit certificate focuses expertise needed "to assess, design, operate, and manage agriculture systems appropriate for urban environments - including vertical, rooftop, hydroponic, and aquaponic systems. This certificate may be combined with the Urban Agriculture: Crop Production certificate to complete the 41.5 credit Urban Agriculture Systems certificate."

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This 28-credit certificate focuses expertise needed "to cultivate urban food crops for year-round organic production and seasonal harvests in the maritime climate of the Puget Sound bioregion. This certificate may be combined with the Urban Agriculture: Whole Systems certificate to complete the 41-credit Urban Agriculture Systems certificate."

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This 41.5-credit "certificate provides a theoretical foundation in urban agriculture through the study of sustainability principles, ecology in agricultural systems, and plant and soil sciences. There is also a combined focus on the knowledge, skills, and techniques in urban crop production and whole systems. " It requires a crop production specialty component in cultivating urban food crops for year-round organic production and a whole systems specialty component on the design, operation and management of systems in urban environments.

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"The Certificate in Organic Agriculture is an 18-credit undergraduate program that can be taken along with a major in another field, or as a stand-alone educational experience. The certificate is ideal for professionals working in agriculture or related fields who require in-depth knowledge of organic systems, those wanting to pursue a career in organic agriculture, anyone interested in beginning a community supported agriculture (CSA) enterprise, home gardeners, as well as current WSU students in other majors at WSU with an interest in organic agriculture."

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Program includes courses and hands-on training in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, entrepreneurship, and marketing. Eleven-acre demonstration market garden.

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The school offers a pasture-based dairy and livestock seminar within the UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course, or via facilitated distance education classrooms throughout Wisconsin. It has been designed to provide the opportunity for motivated individuals to educate themselves about pasture-based dairy and livestock farming. Training is conducted through traditional classroom activities, hands-on internships, and farm tours of pasture-based farms managed by successful graduates and mentors. Business and financial planning knowledge required to run a successful farm business is also strongly emphasized. Classroom instruction at the school runs from the middle of November through the end of March and students typically participate in internships from April through July (dates flexible).

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