The Ecological Food and Farming Systems (EFFS) graduate specialization (M.S. or Ph.D.) "fosters understanding of interdisciplinary concepts critical to sustainable agriculture and food systems."
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.
"The Organic Farmer Training Program is a nine-month intensive training program in year-round organic farming focusing on diversified production of vegetables, livestock, flowers, fruits and herbs for local markets." Program includes management of "15 acre certified organic farm including its 20,000 square foot of passive solar greenhouse space and the Student Organic Farm for its primary markets including a 48-week CSA, 7-month on campus farm stand, and sales to campus dinning services."
This interdisciplinary 12-credit Certificate is one of several focus areas of the Sustainability Graduate Certificate Program.
The Grand Valley State University Sustainable Agriculture Project and farm provides students, faculty and staff with a space for research and experiential learning in sustainable and organic agriculture and incorporates a CSA. The Project also offers courses, programs, internships and other activities that promote awareness about sustainable development.
The Sustainable Food Program focuses on facilitating education on sustainable food topics, collaborative programming and outreach, and growing sustainable food in support of the University of Michigan community and environment. The Campus Farm "is the center for hands-on learning related to sustainability, food systems, and food production."
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.
This program is open to students in any major who "wish to develop specialized knowledge in all aspects of sustainable, local food systems." See also: Grand Valley State University Sustainable Agriculture Project