Students in the Alternative Crops Research Program investigate new or alternative crops for the Midwestern United States that can help mitigate pest problems or increase crop diversity.
The University of Michigan Campus Farm located at Matthaei Botanical Gardens provides both formal and informal educational opportunities and research related to food systems, sustainability, and sustainable food production.
The 16-credit micro-certificate offers on-farm classes at the student farm and "provides a practical foundation in sustainable small farm agriculture through the study and hands-on design, planning, and operation of agriculture systems relevant to small farm environments."
"West Virginia University's Organic Agriculture Research Farm is among the largest certified organic research farms dedicated to teaching, research and outreach." Undergraduates and graduates have access to 144 acres of certified organic farm land for research on a range of academic disciplines, including "horiticulture, agronomy, soil science, animal science, soil biology, plant pathology, entomology, weed science, and agricultural economics."
The SAG program offers a minor in Sustainable Agriculture and a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture with a Farming or a Community Food Systems Track. SAG is hands-on, featuring field-based coursework and an apprenticeship at the University of Kentucky Organic Farming Research and Education Unit (OFREU), home to the University's Community Supported Agriculture program." An interdisciplinary team of researchers from multiple departments conduct organic-focused research on 13 acres of the OFREU.
The 6-credit micro-certificate offers on-farm classes at the student farm and "provides a practical foundation in sustainable small farm agriculture through the study and hands-on design, planning, and operation of agriculture systems relevant to small farm environments."
Paul Quinn College converted its football field into the student- and employee-operated organic "WE Over Me Farm". Located in a food desert, the Farm provides organic produce to local charitable organizations, community members, the college, and restaurants and grocers in Dallas, TX.
Interdisciplinary research teams develop and implement integrated fruit crop pest management programs that are economical, environmentally sound, and transition toward organically approved and more sustainable systems. Produces Extension Service' Fruits, Nuts, and Vegetables - Insect Management website.
The Eggert Family Organic Farm, a 30-acre certified organic farm near the Pullman, WA campus, is operated through the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. The farm is used for teaching and Extension, and for the WSU scientific community to conduct organic research projects. Students in the Practicum in Organic Agriculture class operate the farm and gain hands-on training in organic production and certification, and in local food marketing.
"The Certificate in Organic Agriculture is an 18-credit undergraduate program that can be taken along with a major in another field, or as a stand-alone educational experience." The interdisciplinary certificate combines coursework from several departments in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences (CAHNRS).
The Warren Wilson Farm is a 300-acre working farm with diversified "mixed crop and livestock" dedicated to sustainable farming practices.
The 20-acre UMass Student Farm produces USDA-certified organic produce and serves a 125-member CSA on the UMASS Research and Education Farm in South Deerfield and the Agricultural Learning Center near Amherst.
Students from all University of Georgia majors can take classes, volunteer, or gain hands-on experience in organic agriculture and local food systems. Classes are offered as part of the Local Food Systems Certificate.
This program "emphasizes a multi-disciplinary education in plant sciences, biotechnology, soil sciences, and crop production for food, fuel, fiber and landscapes." The degree consists of six undergraduate options that can be supported with coursework in sustainable and organic crop production and practices.
Students in this 15-credit Sustainable Horticulture Certificate "explore procedures of sustainable agriculture systems, plant production in a greenhouse setting, landscaping techniques that encourage biodiversity and organic food production."