Farm

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

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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College of the Atlantic students can 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 operations include the production of pastured livestock; cultivation of certified organic livestock, fruits, berries, vegetables, and mushrooms; and renewable energy projects. 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 Paul L. Byrne Agricultural Teaching and Research Center is an 800-acre diversified farm that includes an Organic Dairy Unit and research in organic vegetable production. The farm is used to evaluate and demonstrate organic and sustainable farming practices.

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The five-acre Student Sustainable Farm has been expanding to focus more on organic production and community involvement. The farm provides students with summer internships, hands-on experience in the production and management of a small organic farm, and experience in landscape architecture and environmental planning.

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Oxford College's 11-acre Organic Farm, established in 2014, provides student hands-on experience and educational opportunities. Produce is served in the dining halls, sold at the Emory University farmers market, and sold to local community members through a CSA.

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The SOFT Student Farm began in the spring of 2008 with a handful of students and faculty dedicated to creating a place for student exploration and leadership in agriculture. Students market produce from SOFT on campus.

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The Sterling College Farm programs in vegetable production, livestock management and woodlot management support the courses in the Sustainable Agriculture major and in the Food Systems major, serves the College's dining hall, and offers general farming experience for agriculture students.

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Part of the Southern Illinois University Farms system, the Sustainability Center is comprised of the student-run Sustainable Vegetable Farm and Greenhouse, a Vermicomposting Center, and the Paper Recycling Project. The farm provides organic vegetables to the Southern Illinois University dining halls.

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The Soil Stewards Student Farm, a University of Idaho student club for the organic farming and sustainable community, operates a 3-acre certified organic farm and research site at the University of Idaho research farms and runs a local CSA.

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The 365-acre Shone Farm provides hands-on experience to students in the Sustainable Agriculture and Animal Science Programs. Students produce and sell grass-fed beef, direct market value-added products, and operate a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

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An outdoor classroom, Seeds@City Urban Farm, offers hands-on training in sustainable, organic, local and community agriculture.

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The 300-acre Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility is "dedicated to investigating irrigated and dry-land agriculture in a Mediterranean climate." The Century Experiment (formerly known as LTRAS - Long Term Research Agricultural Sustainability) is a long-term, 100-year study implemented in 1993 on the main plots of Russell Ranch. The Experiment also includes the former Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems (SAFS) research project.

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Rogers Farm serves as the University's organic and sustainable agriculture research facility and is used for "a wide range of teaching, research and outreach activities." The University operates its student-run community-supported agriculture program on the farm.

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Students use the Teaching and Research Farm and Agroecology Laboratory to enhance their classroom lessons about agroecology, agroforestry, and sustainable farming practices. The farm is approximately 35 acres of pasture with 130 acres woodlot and woodlands. It includes a large greenhouse, late-nineteenth century barn, and a student residence where five to six Agroecology students live and work on the sustainable production of vegetables, fruit crops, poultry and livestock.

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The University of Michigan Campus Farm located at Matthaei Botanical Gardens provides both formal and informal educational opportunities related to food systems, sustainability, and sustainable food production.

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The University of Georgia's certified-organic farm, a four-acre area with field plots and a greenhouse at the Durham Horticulture Research Farm in Watkinsville, provides students in the Certificate Program in Organic Agriculture with hands-on learning opportunities.

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The UMass Student Farm produces USDA-certified organic produce on 14 acres located on the UMASS Research and Education Farm in South Deerfield and the Agricultural Learning Center near Amherst.

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Students from all University of Georgia majors can take classes, volunteer, or gain hands-on experience in organic agriculture and local food systems. Classes are offered as part of the Local Food Systems Certificate.

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North Carolina A&T's University Farm is a 492-acre working farm and "the site of research on sustainable agriculture and natural resources conservation, including swine waste research and soil conservation."

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Students use organic techniques on five acres for outdoor field production and on 9,000 square feet of year round high tunnel production. Students sell the majority of the agricultural products to university residence halls and market the remainder directly to customers on campus. "The farm is a hands-on learning environment for low-input, environmental and economically sustainable food production."

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The Yale Sustainable Food Program manages the Yale farm, collaborates with faculty at the undergraduate and graduate level on courses and educational opportunities related to food and agriculture, supports the Yale University sustainable dining program and offers diverse events related to food and agriculture.

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"West Virginia University's Organic Agriculture Research Farm is among the largest certified organic research farms dedicated to teaching, research and outreach." Undergraduates and graduates have access to seventy-seven acres of certified organic farm land for research on a range of academic disciplines, including "horiticulture, agronomy, soil science, animal science, soil biology, plant pathology, entomology, weed science, and agricultural economics."

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Paul Quinn College converted its football field into the student- and employee-operated organic "WE Over Me Farm". Located in a food desert, the farm provides organic produce to local charitable organizations, community members, the college, and restaurants and grocers in Dallas, TX.

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The Eggert Farmily Organic Farm, a 30-acre certified organic farm near the Pullman, WA campus, is operated through the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. The farm is used for teaching and Extension, and for the WSU scientific community to conduct organic research projects. Students in the Practicum in Organic Agriculture class operate the farm and gain hands-on training in organic production and certification, and in local food marketing.

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The Warren Wilson Farm is a 275-acre working farm with diversified "mixed crop and livestock" that practices sustainable agriculture.

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