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Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

"The mission of the Agroecology Education Farm is to promote Agroecology and sustainable agriculture education by providing a diversity of experiential learning opportunities for NCSU students, faculty, staff, and local community."

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"Agroecology is the science behind sustainable agriculture linking social, environmental, and economic perspectives in agriculture. Students completing this program gain an understanding of sustainable agricultural systems from local and global farming examples; obtain new skills in analyzing agricultural systems from a multi-disciplinary and integrated approach to develop creative and sustainable solutions for food systems and enhance their ability to obtain new and diverse sustainable careers in food and agricultural systems. The Agroecology minor is open to all baccalaureate students. It is designed for students majoring in Biological Sciences, Plant & Soil Sciences, Horticultural Science and Animal Science, but will be of interest to a wide array of students as agriculture has broad implications in the life sciences, economics, and sociology."

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The "five-acre student farm at the Pittsboro Campus (NC) is an organically managed outdoor classroom for research, demonstration, and crop production. The site includes a greenhouse, as well as student-built farm structures including a pole barn, a packing shed and a masonry pizza oven."

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"Land in the Organic Research Unit is available to all researchers at North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University to conduct short-term research projects." "CEFS faculty, in their work to support sustainable agriculture and local food systems, conduct research and provide demonstrations of organic production practices at the Organic Research Unit, the Small Farm Unit, and the long-term Farming Systems Research Unit. One hundred and six acres of the 2,000-acre research station are currently certified organic."

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The course examines "the biological and physical attributes of farming systems and their associated ecological and social impacts in temperate and tropical regions."

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"Agroecology is the study of the ecological, environmental, economic and social interactions of agricultural production systems. In this program students learn about the latest practices and research innovations in sustainable agriculture locally and internationally through classroom studies, hands-on experiences, and field trips. This is a multi-disciplinary concentration that will prepare students for a diversity of employment opportunities."

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"Summer Interns with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) come from all over the country and world to work with faculty members on weekly classroom learning activities, hands-on farming experience, community projects, field trips to local farms and markets and focused research projects conducted at CEFS' 2,000-acre research farm in Goldsboro, NC. "

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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 5-6 Agroecology students live and work on the sustainable production of vegetables, fruit crops, poultry and livestock.

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The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Development features a series of core courses that give all sustainable development majors a firm grounding in sustainable development theory, perspectives, and methods. Student may also utilize the Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm as a lab, a living-learning residence, and a site for local workshops on sustainable practices.

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The Sustainable Agriculture, Local and Community Food Systems Program at North Carolina State A&T State University "educates its audiences about how food is produced and consumed in our communities, and the impact of community-based food systems on agriculture and jobs." The program has created courses related to sustainable agriculture and local food systems and has supported related Extension efforts.

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The Sustainable Agriculture Program awards an Associate in Applied Science and three certificates in sustainable agriculture. The program includes instruction by local farmers, research in sustainable agriculture, hands-on classes, and field trips to local farms and businesses.

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