The goals of this project, as part of the newly formed Sustainable Agriculture Program at UMD
< http://www.d.umn.edu/cscd/sap/main/index.php>, were to develop a set of courses that, in conjunction with
course already developed (i.e. Urban Food System, Ethnobotany, Anthropology Senior Seminar, GIS in
Sustainable Communities, etc.) would form the base upon which a Sustainable Agriculture certificate program
or minor could be created.
Three new courses were developed and are being offered during May and summer terms 2012. The
courses are fully integrated with a student led organic farming initiative that currently includes vegetable and
tree fruit production at the newly resurrected UMD Field Experiment station. These foundational courses will
provide students with understanding of the social, historical, economic and geographic context that led to the
development of our current food system. They will come to understand the multi-dimensional nature of this
food system, explore the possible future for regionally adapted food systems and the opportunities and obstacles
to change. Each course has hands-on and project based components that directly involve students in the
formulation and implementation of business and farming models for sustainable and organic farming with clear
links to the community and regional food system. Student learn not only the skills of farming but the ecological
concepts that support sustainable farming and the social systems that are integral to vital, local food systems.
Final project report for IonE MS-0006-11 "Sustainable Agriculture Project".
University of Minnesota Duluth.
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