The Agricultural Sciences major combines diverse coursework with hands-on experience. The sustainable agriculture concentration "allows students to combine interests in environmental and social studies with current topics in agriculture such as organic farming practices, local food initiatives, farm workers' rights, energy sources, and farm policy."
The Agricultural Sciences major combines diverse coursework with hands-on experience at the Dilmun Hill Student Farm. The organic agriculture curriculum provides instruction "about the philosophy and regulations involved with certified organic crop production" and on "practical ways of growing crops and managing pests using organic methods."
Coursework in the Agricultural Technology Program covers organic and sustainable technology, organic food production systems, sustainable vegetable production, application of sustainability practices, precision agriculture, high tunnels, and hydroponic systems and more. "Emphasis is placed on the application of sustainability principles on the university's farm, research plots, gardens, hydroponic systems, greenhouses, and high tunnels."
Dilmun Hill is a student-run organic research farm that has been practicing sustainable agriculture on Cornell University's campus for more than two decades. The farm offers students, faculty, staff and community opportunities for experiential learning, group collaboration and research. Students operate campus farm stands and supply produce to the campus dining services.
Cornell University manages research farms, orchards, greenhouses, and other facilities dedicated to sustainable agriculture and to organic research. Research programs focus on: organic vegetable production; weed and crop management, organic production systems and breeding and variety testing; organic grain trials; pest management; vegetable pest and crop management systems; organic greenhouse production; organic grape production; and organic apple production.
The Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) "serves students, faculty, and the community through education, research, and demonstration of organic and sustainable farming practices." COSA's two working farms support instruction in organic dairy production, management intensive grazing, organic forage production, sustainable livestock husbandry, organic vegetable production and more.
"The Ecological Sustainability Landscape (ESL) is a 110-acre tract of land including fields, forests, wetlands, and streams, complete with a three-story house and outbuildings. The ESL is home to three courses, Sustainable Agriculture, The Sustainable House and the Seminar in Ecological Sustainability." Students can explore or research organic gardening, farming, integrated pest management, alternative energy sources, beekeeping, and more.