University students, faculty and researchers use the 30-acre organic farm and 3-acre Alan Chadwick Garden as teaching and research sites in organic horticulture and agriculture. Programs also include farm tours, gardening workshops, and programs for K-12 students.
Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory
"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."
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 Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) organizes workshops on organic and sustainable production, local food systems, and related topics. 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 "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."
The Green Mountain College's Cerridwen Farm provides experiential learning opportunities to Sustainable Farming and Food Systems majors and other College students. The Farm is part of the College's Farm and Food Project that conducts research in sustainable agriculture and food production projects such as renewable energy, local and regional food processing, and high tunnel crop production.
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. This full-time program offers participants the unique opportunity to 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. This program will provide an intense, supportive experience where participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation.
The Sustainable Small Acreage Farming and Ranching program is "comprised of a set of courses designed and/or included to meet specific learning objectives that are important for achieving sustainable, small farm and ranch enterprises. The courses can be taken individually or collectively for a certificate. They are offered in multiple locations and in a variety of formats that meet the needs of interested academic students, community members, beginning and existing farmers."
The certificate includes programs and courses in sustainable and value-added viticulture and enology. Viticulture and Enology Research Center.
Undergraduate and graduate studies in organic agriculture, soil ecology, reduced and no tillage, integrated pest management, cropping systems, and development of pest-resistant crop cultivars. Research and Extension education.
Four 18-unit Certificates of Achievement in Organic Farming and Gardening are available in the Environmental Landscaping course of study.
The Civic Agriculture and Food Systems (Multidisciplinary Minor) (18 credits) is open to all students across the university.