The Farmer Training Program is a 6-month intensive program for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides a hands-on, skill-based education in sustainable agriculture, organic crop production, marketing, farm business management, and more. Participants manage their own growing site, take classes from professors and expert farmers, and rotate as workers and learners on successful, diverse farms in the Burlington area.
The Food Systems curriculum integrates social science, humanities and natural science approaches to understanding connections among vital interests of humanity in creating nourishment, pursuing health and well-being and sustaining the environment.
The Middlebury College Organic Farm serves as an outdoor classroom for students who also grow and sell organic produce to the College's dining facilities and local restaurants and stores.
The Sterling College Farm programs in vegetable production, livestock management and woodlot management support the courses in the Sustainable Agriculture major and in the Food Systems major, serves the College's dining hall, and offers general farming experience for agriculture students.
The Wendell Berry Farming Program of Sterling College is a two-year program, based in Henry County, Kentucky, through which students earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sustainable Agriculture from Sterling College.