It’s an outline of the premiere Sustainable Agriculture resources & courses in the US at the moment. It’s a window into the Production & Distribution sector of our food system – one that is crying out for more farmers with a focus on sustainable land use practices. So, if you’re thinking of going back to school, getting a crash course online, or delving deeper into what sustainable agriculture looks like in c21st – here’s your guide. You can also find out more about existing resources in our Tips & Tricks for Local Food distribution here.
217-333-9471 fax 217-244-3219
Facilitates and promotes research and education which protects Illinois natural and human resources and sustains agricultural production.
26230 Black Hawk Road Galva, IL
309-854-1722 fax 309-856-5601
Exploring the use of sound agricultural practices to produce and market alternative agricultural crops. Offers courses and operates a four acre production program that follows USDA organic certification guidelines through certifying agent, Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA).
1535 Observatory Drive Madison, WI
608-262-8018 fax 608-265-3020
A sustainable agriculture research center at UW-Madison that brings together farmers, researchers, and policy makers to study farming practices and profitability.
721 N First Street Centerville, IA
641-856-2143 fax 641-856-3158
This program is designed to provide area landowners, farmers, and young adults with access to land the entrepreneurial skills necessary to start a new or further develop an existing land-based business, and/or gain employment in an agriculturally related field.
253 Bessey Hall Ames, IA
515-294-6518 fax 515-294-1337
The first program to offer the MS and PhD in sustainable agriculture, the GPSA emphasizes experiential learning through an interdisciplinary curriculum. Students acquire depth of knowledge as well as systems-level thinking while pursuing advanced research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.
1126J Agronomy Hall Ames, IA
515-294-3846 fax 515-294-8146
Agronomy at ISU is dedicated to maintaining a systems approach to agriculture. Our undergraduate program in Agronomy includes an Agroecology option that has been of high interest to students who want to study organic and sustainable agriculture.
106 Horticulture Hall Ames, IA
515-294-7069 fax 515-294-0730
Dr. Delate’s position in ISU Extension is devoted to organic agriculture. ISU Extension also offers fact sheets and other materials on sustainable agriculture.
5001 Lake Land Blvd Mattoon, IL
217-234-5569 fax 217-234-5200
This program is designed for students planning a career in alternative agriculture production. Emphasis on the fundamentals of agroecology, incorporation of biological pest management, and sustainable crop and livestock production along with the concepts of direct marketing.
Dr Keith Wallace Drive Fairfield, IA
641-472-7000 x 1109 fax 641-472-1235
A rapidly expanding sustainable living undergraduate program gives students understanding and skills to develop sustainable systems and communities to create a more sustainable world. Courses cover policy, renewable energy, ecology, organic and community supported agriculture, and green design and building, etc.
3700 S. Center Street Marshalltown, IA
This program offers one year certificates and two year degrees. Included on campus is a 140 acre farm used for demonstration to students and new farmers who wish to begin farming on site.
303 Natural Resources CAARS East Lansing, MI
517-353-3543 fax 517-353-3834
The C.S. Mott Group at MSU engages communities in applied research and outreach that promote sustainable food systems to improve access to and availability of healthy, locally-produced food. There is a focus on organic farming approaches for vegetables and field crops.
3700 E Gull Lake Drive Hickory Corners, MI
269-671-2341 fax 269-671-2351
Year-round biological field station conducting research on the ecology of managed and unmanaged systems that supports educational and extension/outreach programs, including sustainable agricultural practices for row-crop production (conventional and organic), cover crops, grazed pastures, and biofuels.
1991 Upper Buford Circle St Paul, MN
612-625-8235 fax 612-625-1268
Bringing together the diverse interests of the agricultural community and the University to promote sustainable agriculture.
PO Box 219 Carrington, ND
701-652-2951 fax 701-652-2055
Researches crop and animal ecosystems to help family farms maintain profitability. Specializing in ruminants and all crop production.
1041 State Avenue Dickinson, ND
701-483-2348 ext. 113 fax 701-483-2073
SARE state coordinator for both North and South Dakotas.
2740 W Mason St, PO Box 19042 Green Bay, WI
Offers accredited, on-line and in-person courses to gain skills in organic agriculture. Courses were developed through process that includes expert farmers working in organics. The courses take you through step-by-step learning with printed materials, short lectures, media, demos, and classroom discussion.
1156 High Street Santa Cruz, CA
831-459-3240 fax 831-459-2799
A six-month, full time education program held at the 25-acre Farm and 3-acre Alan Chadwick Garden on the UC Santa Cruz campus. Course includes classroom instruction, in-field training, and hands-on experience in the gardens, greenhouses, orchards, fields, and marketing outlets.
1201 W Gregory Dr Urbana, IL
217-621-7974 fax 217-333-4582
Developing research and outreach programs on cover cropping, weed management in organic farming systems. Coordinating on-farm research, organic farm tours.
23669 130th St Lamberton, MN
507-752-7372 fax 507-752-5097
The U of MN’s Organic Ecology Program explores the science of organic agriculture through on-farm and experiment station research; variety trials; organic field days; workshops; publications; and the Organic Ecology website.
1991 Upper Buford Circle St. Paul, MN
612-625-4742 fax 612-625-1268
Biological solutions to real-world problems come to life in the Applied Plant Sciences graduate program. We offer Undergraduate, Minor, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in one or more of the following specializations: Sustainable Agriculture; Agronomy/Agroecology; Horticultural Science; Plant Breeding/Molecular Genetics; Applied Plant Sciences.
1525 Observatory Dr Madison, WI
We seek to foster the development of the facilitators, researchers, and practitioners of a more equitable and resource-efficient agriculture. Our curriculum addresses agriculture as the simultaneously biophysical and social enterprise that it is.
University of Wisconsin – River Falls, Plant & Earth Science Dept
410 S 3rd St River Falls, WI
715-425-3941 fax 715-425-3785
UWRF’s Sustainable Agriculture option within the Crop and Soil Science major promotes land productivity, environmental stewardship, economic practicality and rural community viability. Two relevant minors are now available to students as well: Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Studies.
University of Minnesota Duluth – Continuing Education
104 Darland Administration Bldg, 1049 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812-3011
The Sustainable Food Systems certificate is self paced and equivalent to 50 hours. This includes the time it takes to read, view and apply the concepts through the activities provided in each module. If you register for the certificate you will have access to the website for one year after registration. If you register for individual modules, you will have access for six months. If you are unable to complete the certificate / modules within these timeframes, your access will be cancelled and you must re-register if you wish to continue.