Mission

The Sustainable Agriculture Project provides students with an opportunity to experience, and deepen their understanding of, the following:

  • Environmental problem solving
    • Methods for achieving economic, social justice, and environmental sustainability in farming and food access
  • Community:
    • What it means to work toward a common goal
    • What a community looks like and how it functions when it is based on getting the work of a farm done in a systemic, physically engaged way
  • Scientific and applied skills:
    • Taking and analyzing soil samples to determine soil horizons, pH, texture and structure
    • Measuring carbon sequestration
    • Gaining experience in farm and hoop-house management, gardening, sustainable agriculture and food systems
    • To learn the major characteristics/attributes of sustainable small-scale agriculture.
  • Human-environmental interactions:
    • The sociology of farming
    • Anthropocentrism and its alternatives
  • Service learning:
    • How to approach service learning in ethical, mutually beneficial ways
    • How to connect classroom knowledge to other experiences
    • How to connect experiences outside the classroom to the material studied within it