The Agroecology Summer Intensive is an undergraduate 10-week, summer, residential curriculum in academic and experiential learning at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College. It comprises four courses (15 credits) in Sustainable Agriculture: soils, vegetable crops, agroecology and small farm management/produce marketing that count towards the school's Agroecology Minor. A Certificate Program is available for persons not seeking academic credit. Internships are available at the Merry Lea Sustainable Farm. ASI is held at the Rieth Village, 4415 W. 200 S, Albion, IN 46701.
Cornercopia is a student-managed, USDA-certified organic, sustainable farm with over 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables. The farm offers research opportunities, internships and a Student Organic Farm Marketing and Planning course.
The Center has on-campus demonstration sites for production and growing techniques, a certified organic production area, and seven high tunnels. The Center assists "small to mid-size farmers and gardeners produce organic and specialty vegetables for sale."
This intensive three-day course offers practical guidance on setting up and running an apple orchard business. The course includes guidance on both IPM and organic production methods as well as variety and root stock selection, planting schemes, pruning, business planning and management, and economic considerations.
The Leopold Center, a research and education center, "identif[ies] and develop[s] new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources as well as reducing negative environmental and social impacts."
Coursework for the program covers organic fruit and crop production, organic gardening, viticulture, integrated pest management, composting, specialty crops and sustainable crop production.
Coursework for the program covers organic fruit and crop production, organic gardening, viticulture, integrated pest management, composting, specialty crops and sustainable production.
This certificate focuses on "the principles of agribusiness management, sustainable agriculture and direct farm marketing" and is designed to teach students the skills in small sustainable farm business management needed to "enter the workforce as a small farm owner or manager."
"The Career Studies Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture is designed for persons interested in producing food crops for personal consumption or for sale to the public through farmers' markets and other direct-to-consumer marketing strategies."
The Sustainable Agriculture Certificate program in partnership with Kansas State University (Olathe) provides education, hands-on experience and internships in production and direct marketing of locally grown food.
The school emphasizes organic production methods and direct marketing. Its intensive three-day course provides a "realistic picture of what it takes to run a successful small-scale produce operation." Topics covered include: business and marketing, soil fertility, crop production, pest and disease management, equipment and labor needs.