The Agroecology Program offers a Master's degree with two tracks: 1)The Public Practice Option trains project developers and program managers at the interfaces of agriculture and other sectors of society; and 2) The Research Option addresses the need for continued research and scholarship.
The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) creates "multidisciplinary research and education or training projects" that focus on how "integrated farming systems can contribute to environmental, economic, social, and intergenerational sustainability."
The Growing Connections program is a nine-course multi-disciplinary sequence of classes that focuses on the history, theories, and practices of sustainable agriculture from a liberal arts perspective. Supports arranged majors. Offers work-study positions running the campus garden where food is grown for campus events and student activities.
This intensive three-day course offers practical guidance on setting up and running an apple orchard business. The school includes guidance on both IPM and organic production methods as well as variety and root stock selection, planting schemes, pruning, marketing options, and economic considerations. Taught by experienced growers.
"The Master of Science in Horticulture with an Emphasis on Organic and Sustainable Production is designed to provide students with an introduction to the scientific research process and the opportunity to complete an integrated research project relevant to the increasingly complex organic industry. This degree offers more focused coursework and a research project designed to explore the areas of organic and sustainable production. "
Farm practices at the University of Wisconsin's Pioneer Farm, a 430-acre laboratory and demonstration facility, focus on sustainable agriculture and agroecology with instruction in precision agriculture, soil conservation methods, and diversified cropping systems.
The school offers a pasture-based dairy and livestock seminar within the UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course, or via facilitated distance education classrooms throughout Wisconsin. It has been designed to provide the opportunity for motivated individuals to educate themselves about pasture-based dairy and livestock farming. Training is conducted through traditional classroom activities, hands-on internships, and farm tours of pasture-based farms managed by successful graduates and mentors. Business and financial planning knowledge required to run a successful farm business is also strongly emphasized. Classroom instruction at the school runs from the middle of November through the end of March and students typically participate in internships from April through July (dates flexible).
This intensive three-day course offers practical guidance on setting up and running a market garden or small-scale vegetable farm. The school emphasizes organic production methods, direct marketing, and economic considerations as well as fertility management, greenhouse management, season extension, pest and disease management, post harvest handling, equipment needs and labor. Taught by experienced growers.