Beech Hill Farm is a working, sustainable organic student farm. "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." College of the Atlantic students can use the farm for coursework and projects.
The Bowdoin Organic Garden supplies vegetables and fruits to the College's Dining Service, and it provides research opportunities for faculty and agricultural experiences for the college community. The Garden is certified organic and has acquired new land that will be available for academic research and sustainable agricultural practices.
Note: Graduate and post-graduate degrees that include research in sustainable agriculture in cooperation with other academic departments also are offered. Undergraduate research in organic/sustainable agriculture.
Rogers Farm serves as the University's sustainable agriculture research facility and is available for Cooperative Extension Service programs and teaching projects. The University's student-run community-supported agriculture program operates on the farm.
College of the Atlantic students "have the opportunity to 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 has 55 acres for grass-fed livestock production, hay, market gardening and crops, plus another 62 acres of forest." The Farm employs students, offers additional opportunities for hands-on experiences, and offers classes that include organic gardening and farm planning.
"Graduate students conducting research in Sustainable Agriculture can earn a Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, or Plant Science" in cooperation with several academic departments at the University of Maine.
"Graduate students conducting research in Sustainable Agriculture can earn a M.S. degree in in Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Entomology, Botany and Plant Pathology, or Resource Economics and Policy" in cooperation with several academic departments at the University of Maine.
The Sustainable Agriculture Program is an interdisciplinary program offered cooperatively by the faculties of the Departments of Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences, Biology, and Resource Economics and Policy. Hands-on training at local farms and partnerships with Maine Cooperative Extension. Students operate the Black Bear Food Guild CSA and manage the University's 3-acre farm.