University/College farm

Source: 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." Offers a Sustainable Agriculture Research Apprenticeship Program and internships.

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The 1000-acre University Farm or Agricultural Laboratory (UAL) maintains the campus' only organic farm plot and is open to students for education, to student organizations and to volunteers.

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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."

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University of Hawaii students practice sustainable and organic agriculture techniques, and gain experience in beekeeping, hydroponics, aquaculture and other enterprises, on the 110-acre Hilo Agricultural Farm Laboratory.

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"Fulton Farm is an environmental educational facility and working produce farm." Located on the Fulton Center for Sustainability Studies, the farm is USDA Certified Organic and produces crops for the campus and the community. The farm is available to students for coursework, internships, workstudy and volunteer opportunities. Courses offered include agroecology and permaculture. Fulton Farm hosts a "community market share program," and provides workshops, demonstrations, classes and other events for community.

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Students can explore organic and sustainable agriculture, agroecology and environmental sciences at the 25-acre Evergreen State College's Organic Farm. The Organic Farm's Sustainable Agriculture Lab is a hands-on training facility. The farm includes a food-grade laboratory, the student-designed and built Organic Farmhouse, and the student-run Demeter's permaculture demonstration site and Community Gardens. A Community Supported Agriculture program and community-based activities also are available.

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The 80-acre Hampshire College Farm Center is a "working farm, as well as a research, education, and outreach facility dedicated to sustainable agriculture." Operates an organic Community Supported Agriculture program.

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The Organic Farming Research and Education Unit (OFREU), a 20-acre USDA-certified organic farm and research facility, is available for organic vegetable production, the student community supported agriculture program, Sustainable Agriculture Program (SAG) student apprenticeships, teaching resources and courses for the SAG curriculum, and faculty and student research in sustainable organic horticultural production systems. OFREU also serves as a venue for labs and hands-on learning.

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The NTCC farm demonstrates and promotes "sustainable agriculture practices including organic vegetable production, management of soil health utilizing cover cropping, no-till techniques, and rain water harvesting all with a primary focus on conserving and renewing natural resources on the farm." The farm offers internships/apprenticeships for sustainable agriculture students and other NTCC students, and serves as is a venue for training and mentoring local agriculture producers. Local FFA high school students, teachers and garden clubs use the farm for hands-on learning.

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College of the Atlantic students can design and participate in independent and group studies, work-study jobs, and final projects that involve Peggy Rockefeller Farms and nearby Beech Farm. Peggy Rockefeller Farms operations include the production of pastured livestock; cultivation of certified organic livestock, fruits, berries, vegetables, and mushrooms; and renewable energy projects. The Farm employs students, provides students with opportunities for hands-on experiences, and offers classes that include organic gardening and farm planning.

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Miller Farm provides a space for students who study sustainable agriculture to conduct experiments, host discussions, supplement coursework, explore small-scale farmng practices, and more.

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The Oregon State University Organic Growers Club is an all-volunteer, student-run, organic farming project located on about two acres of the University's agricultural research land. The 300-member student organization sells farm products on-campus.

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The 300-acre Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm includes 11 acres of certified organic land and hosts resesarch projects on organic agriculture, beneficial insects, honeybees, urban agriculture, and more.

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Two research units in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station system have certified organic research plots that focus on applied research to support small-scale organic farmers. E.V. Smith Research Center Horticulture Unit research areas include certified organic vegetable production and conservation tillage aspects of sustainable agriculture. The Plant Science Research Center on the Auburn University campus conducts research on organic transplants, vegetable crops and microgreens.

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The 92-acre Organic Crops Unit, one of six farming units that make up the East Tennessee Ag Research and Education Center, includes 14 acres certified organic and 7 acres under conventional production. The farms support faculty and graduate student research, with a primary emphasis on sustainable and organic crop production.

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The Paul L. Byrne Agricultural Teaching and Research Center is an 800-acre diversified farm that includes an Organic Dairy Unit and research in organic vegetable production. The farm is used to evaluate and demonstrate organic and sustainable farming practices.

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Educational opportunities and events at the Middlebury College Organic Farm and Food Project are open to students, staff, faculty and community members.

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The certified organic 5.8 acre Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden, managed through a partnership with Cultural Conservancy and University of California Cooperative Extension, "was created to support and sustain local food systems and organic agriculture," to teach Marin County residents about local agriculture, and "to provide fresh and healthy food for local residents." Students use the farm for research, coursework, and to meet degree program requirements.

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Iowa State University undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and community members manage the 2-acre Good Earth organic farm and Community Supported Agriculture program.

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The Stanford Educational Farm is a living laboratory offering academic and experiential opportunities in the practice of sustainable agriculture. "The farm utilizes agroecological relationships to grow over 200 varieties of vegetables, flowers, herbs, field crops and fruit."

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Oxford College's 11-acre Organic Farm, established in 2014, provides student hands-on experience and educational opportunities. Produce is served in the dining halls, sold at the Emory University farmers market, and sold to local community members through a CSA.

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Merry Lea Sustainable Farm, the agricultural component of Goshen College's Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, serves the Agroecology Summer Intensive program, the Center's K-12 programs, and the Center's Masters in Environmental Education. The "educational farm demonstrat[es] sustainable agriculture practices for students and the visiting public."  College and high school students conduct research projects and collect data at the farm.

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Ohio State University organic farming research initiatives and outreach are coordinated through the OFFER program. OFFER's land resources include land on three farms near Wooster and at the John Hirzel Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems Research Site in northwestern Ohio.

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The farm "is a 15-acre, certified organic year-round teaching and production farm." Its markets include a year-round CSA, an on-campus farm stand, and sales to campus dining halls. Programs include the Organic Farmer Training Program, collaboration with the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Specialization, undergraduate coursework and research, experiential educational opportunities, and Outreach and Extension programs.

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The Organic Dairy Research Farm, managed as an integrated agro-ecosystem, conducts research in both organic and conventional farm operations. A primary focus "is to undertake research of relevance to organic farm systems to better serve the organic farming community, consumers, and the environment. "

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