Washington State University

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

The Sustainable Small Acreage Farming and Ranching program is "comprised of a set of courses designed and/or included to meet specific learning objectives that are important for achieving sustainable, small farm and ranch enterprises. The courses can be taken individually or collectively for a certificate. They are offered in multiple locations and in a variety of formats that meet the needs of interested academic students, community members, beginning and existing farmers."

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"WSU's nine-credit online certificate [provides] graduate-level expertise at researching and improving sustainable agriculture....While the certificate can be earned completely online, the electives also include a hands-on internship or practicum."

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The nine-credit Sustainable Agriculture Graduate Certificate provides "graduate-level expertise at research and improving sustainable agriculture." "Electives include a hands-on internship or practicum."

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Four-acre certified organic farm near the Pullman, WA campus is operated through the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and is used for teaching and Extension, and for the WSU scientific community to conduct organic research projects. The farm's summer field course, Practicum in Organic Agriculture, is a requirement for the organic agriculture major. Students produce certified organic vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers that are distributed through local food banks, on-campus food service, a 100-member CSA (community supported agriculture), and a local farmers' market. Tours are available to individuals.

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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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