Coursework and research in sustainable agriculture, organic agriculture, integrated pest management, and alternative crops.
Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory
The Zena Farm, a living laboratory for students and faculty, includes 1/2-acre organic vegetable production field and greenhouse for season extension. The Summer Institute in Sustainable Agriculture Program held at the farm is a "residential program designed to offer students hands-on organic farming experience and interdisciplinary academic coursework that examines the ecological, social, economic, and ethical implications of our food system." Two courses are offered: Agroecology, and Perspectives in Sustainable Agriculture.
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).
The Yale Sustainable Food Project manages an on-campus organic farm, collaborates with faculty at the undergraduate and graduate level on courses and educational opportunities related to food and agriculture, supports the Yale University sustainable dining program and offers diverse events related to food and agriculture.