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Picture of three young students with teacherLearning more about sustainable agriculture and its application is a lifelong process. The resources in this section direct readers to opportunities to learn more about farming sustainably, from classroom lessons for school children to graduate degree programs, and student and vocational internships on working farms across the country. Adults have formal and informal opportunities to learn more about all aspects of sustainable agriculture, as well, thanks to organizations nationwide and in many local communities that offer publications, training sessions, programs and conferences for their members and the public.

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Resources

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Sustainable Farming Internships and Apprenticeships

A directory of on-the-job learning opportunities in sustainable and organic agriculture in the U.S. (and some in Canada) has been published since 1989 as a tool to help farmers and apprentices connect with each other.
Anyone can browse the listings for free. As a subscriber, you can build a personalized listing to connect with internship seekers. The listed farms are primarily seeking interns/apprentices from North America. Go »

 

Links to Other Education Information

2012 Organic Land Grant University Assessment
Organic Farming Research Foundation scored Land Grant universities on eight points including maintaining organic research land, cultivating student organic farm, offering an organic minor, major or certificate, and employing a dedicated organic faculty or staff member. The report is online in PDF.
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)
AFSIC specializes in information related to sustainable, organic, low-input, biodynamic, and regenerative agriculture, focusing on alternative crops, new uses for traditional crops, and crops grown for industrial production. AFSIC also offers the publication Educational & Training Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture, which lists internships available at U.S. and international institutions and organizations--as well as farms outside the U.S.--offering education, training, or information in organic, alternative, or sustainable agriculture.
How to Conduct Research on Your Farm or Ranch
This Sustainable Agriculture Network bulletin describes how to conduct research at the farm level, with practical tips for both crop and livestock producers as well as a comprehensive list of more in-depth resources.
Making the Farm Connection: Farm-to-School Farm Visit Manual
Community Alliance with Family Farmers developed this manual to let farmers know what to expect when hosting a farm visit, and to prepare teachers and classes so that they may get the most out of their farm visit. The farm visit concepts outlined in this manual are best suited for students between second and sixth grades. The manual is available as a PDF file.
Meeting the Diverse Needs of Limited-Resource Producers: An Educator's Guide
This 16-page bulletin from SARE is intended to be a resource for agricultural educators, heads of community development and agricultural organizations, government agency staff, and others who want to better connect with and improve the lives of farmers and ranchers who remain hard to reach. The free bulletin features nine success stories from around the country as a jumping off point for adapting innovative programs to varied areas. It also provides "how-to" ideas for educators, socio-economic characteristics/barriers to working with varied audiences, proven teaching methods and successful connection strategies.
Sustainable Agriculture Resources and Programs for K-12 Youth
This 16-page publication from SARE, updated in 2011, is a guide to sustainable agriculture-oriented educational opportunities for schoolchildren that features more than 50 programs and curricula nationwide. The publication includes direct links, program contact information, and ideas for integrating lessons into school programs. It is available online in PDF.
The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Farm Internship Curriculum
This curriculum was designed to be used by individual farmers during the course of the workweek. Ideally, a farmer will use the In-Field curriculum when he or she is demonstrating a new task to interns. Its companion Handbook was authored by Maud Powell and developed and tested by Oregon farmers and interns It details successful methods of recruitment, hiring, negotiating with, training, and managing interns.

Links to Sustainable Agriculture Educational Programs

University and College Programs

100 Beef Cow Advantage Program
Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
Agriculture, Food and Environment
Tufts University
Agroecology
Prescott College, Arizona
Agroecology Concentration
University of Illinois
Agroecology Home
Univeristy of California at Santa Cruz
Agroecology Masters Program
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Agroecology Minor Program
North Carolina State University
Agroecology Program
University of Wyoming
Agroecosystems Management Program
Ohio State University
Berry Farming and Ecological Agrarianism Program
St. Catharine College
Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems
University of California at Santa Cruz
Department of Plant, Soil, & Environmental Sciences
University of Maine
Diversified Agriculture
Vermont Technical College
Dual Major in EcoGastronomy
University of New Hampshire
Ecological Agriculture Major
University of Vermont
Entrepreneurial and Diversified Agriculture Program
Marshalltown Community College, Iowa
Farm Life Ecology
Green Mountain College, Vermont
Farmer Training Program
University of Vermont
Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture
Iowa State University
Interdisciplinary Minor in Organic Agriculture
Colorado State University
Major in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
University of New Hampshire
Office of Continuing Professional Education
Rutgers University, New Jersey
Online Organic Agriculture Undergraduate Certificate
Washington State University
Organic and Sustainable Crop Production
University of Florida
Organic Farmer Training Program
Michigan State University
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Major
Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis
Sustainable Agriculture Associate Degree Program
The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute
Sustainable Agriculture Bachelor of Science
Unity College
Sustainable Agriculture Education Association
Sustainable Agriculture Major
Sterling College, Vermont
Sustainable Agriculture Program
University of Kentucky
Sustainable Agriculture Program, CAFNR
University of Missouri-Columbia
Sustainable Agriculture Program, Central Carolina Community College
Central Carolina Community College
Sustainable Food & Farming
University of Massachusetts
Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems Program
Montana State University
Sustainable Food and Farming Emphasis / Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society (PEAS)
University of Montana
Sustainable Food Systems
College of the Atlantic
Urban Food Systems
Kansas State University
Western Center for Integrated Resource Management
Colorado State University

Organic Dairy

California State University, Chico Organic Dairy
Organic Dairy Research Farm, University of New Hampshire
West Central Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota

Other Training Programs

Hundreds of new support and training programs for beginning farmers around the country have been launched with funding provided by USDA's Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program. The best place to learn about all these programs is the searchable Start2Farm clearinghouse, a comprehensive "one-stop" resource created and maintained by the National Agricultural Library in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association
Aprovecho - Education for Sustainable Living
California Farm Academy
Central Illinois Farm Beginnings
Cultivating Success
Educational Courses, Foundation for Agricultural and Rural Resources Management and Sustainability
Farm Beginnings Nebraska
Farm Beginnings, Dakota Rural Action
Farm Beginnings, Land Stewardship Project, Minnesota and Wisconsin
Food To Bank On - Bellingham, Washington
Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming
Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management, Oregon
Growing Places, Women's Agricultural Network
Holistic Management International’s Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Program
Hudson Valley Farm Beginnings Program
Lake Superior Farm Beginnings, Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
New Mexico Farmer-to-Farmer Training Program
Northwest Agriculture Business Center
Organic Farm School, Women's Environmental Institute
People Learning Agriculture Now for Tomorrow! (PLANT), Orange County& NC State University
Rogue Farm Corps
Stateline Farm Beginnings, Angelic Organics Learning Center
The Farm School
The Farm School for Women
Upstate School of Sustainable Agriculture
Urban Farming Programs, Permaculture Research Institute
Virginia Certified Farm Seeker Program

 

 

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