With more and more people switching to organic food, increase in demand of qualified organic farmers is on the rise. Organic farming shuns the usage of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and relies only on natural ways to raise crops. In the era of chemicals and synthetics, which are used in almost everything around us, facilitates not only in improving yield but ruins our health, one must know the finer nuances of growing organic crops. For this reason, many universities and institutes all over the world are offering organic agriculture courses. If you’re an aspiring organic grower, here are few universities and institutes in North America that you can opt for.
Washington State University: Washington State University (WSU), situated at Pullman, Washington, has always been committed to the sustainability of agricultural system and was the first university in the nation to offer a degree in organic agriculture. They offer online certificate course in organic agriculture that provides training in various domains of agricultural science and enables students of Plant Sciences and Agricultural & Food Systems to pursue M.S., and Ph.D. programs in Crop Science and Soil Science.
University of Guelph: University of Guelph, located at Ontario, Canada, is the only Canadian university which offers both academic and applied learning opportunities in organics on campus for a broad range of career directions. The Guelph Organic program comprises B.Sc. (Agriculture) with Organic Agriculture as major, diploma in organic courses, and even hands-on experience at Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming (GCUOF).
UC Davis: University of California at Davis, California, offers a new course in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, which covers a broad range of disciplines based on agricultural sciences. Students here also get to focus on agriculture and ecology, food and society, or economics and policy apart from the direct farm experiences and internship programs.
The Rodale Institute: Rodale Institute at Kutztown, PA, has a 15-hour online organic transition course to help the students understand the National Organic Standards and utilize them as outline for rolling over to organic production. Those who want to switch over to organic farming and integrate more sustainable methods into their existing farming system should surely opt for this course.
Oregon State University: Oregon State University (OSU), located in Corvallis, Oregon, is famous for their Crop and Soil Science department that has student clubs like Crops Club, Soil Judging, BugZoo, and Organic Growers. The Crop and Soil Science department also has OSU Seed Certification Service, the OSU Seed Lab, and a research farm with land over 350 acres.
Apart from these above-mentioned universities, there are many other universities all over the world offering programs on organic farming, which we would take up in our subsequent posts. In the meanwhile, if you haven’t given a serious thought about obtaining a degree in organic farming, it’s the right time!
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