The Student Organic Farm is USDA certified, provides instruction to students on organic and sustainable food systems, and operates a Community Supported Agriculture program.
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.
This 12-unit certificate provides training for "those interested in obtaining an agriculture-realted job or developing a larger-scale home garden."
The school emphasizes organic production methods and direct marketing. Its intensive three-day course provides a "realistic picture of what it takes to run a successful small-scale produce operation." Topics covered include: business and marketing, soil fertility, crop production, pest and disease management, equipment and labor needs.
This 30-unit certificate is intended for "those who are preparing to establish and operatie an urban farm-related business."
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."
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. Training is conducted through traditional classroom activities, hands-on internships, and farm tours of pasture-based farms managed by successful graduates and mentors. The program emphasizes business and financial planning knowledge required to run a successful farm business.