Organic and Urban Farming, often called "Sustainable Agriculture" has become a fast growing track for students who have a passion for ecology, business, health, and sustainability. The job outlook for agriculture grads has never been better. As technology enables farming to move to urban areas, and the public appetite for healthy food has grown, a whole new sector of the economy has been introduced. Many State Universities as well as Liberal Arts Colleges offer Majors in this area. If you want to take an abandonded city lot and turn it into a profitable community garden, THIS is the major for you!
"This is a field that needs bright young minds, eager to make a difference. From our pioneering Laboratory Animal Science and Landscape Architecture programs to our award-winning Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Research programs to our Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies, we have a rich history of innovation in this area."
(Provided By: North Carolina A&T University)
"Students who recognize crisis as an opportunity are gravitating to the study of sustainable farming, working toward careers in local food and green businesses, urban agriculture, permaculture, herbal medicine, and related jobs in farm-based education, public policy, community development and advocacy."
(Provided By: University of Massachusetts)
"Through our research and teaching we engage with key issues facing our use of resources. We study food security and sovereignty, sustainable food production, ecological landscape design, climate change in agricultural food systems, improvement of food crops, ecological pest management, soil health, and more."
(Provided By: The University of Vermont)
"Students pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SA&FS) are interested in improving the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability in agriculture and food systems."
(Provided By: The University of California - Davis)
"The Land, Farming and Community major combines business fundamentals, theological perspectives and economical systems with agricultural components on a biological, chemical and human level. Students evaluate the dominant global food systems and emerging alternatives from different angles to find optimal solutions to environmental issues."
(Provided By: Xavier University)
"Students thrive in the organic and sustainability major. The program provides students with hands-on experiences in the classroom, with fieldwork, and through internships at industry or government sites related to each student’s interest. Scholarships just for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture majors are available, too."
(Provided By: Washington State University)
"Horticulture students will find many facilities at Tennessee Tech that will enhance their learning experience. The Tech Farm is a 300-acre working, teaching and research farm located 3 miles from campus. Greenhouses, high-tunnels and organic operations are only part of the benefits of the horticultural living laboratory at Tech."
(Provided By: Tennessee Tech)
"Cal Poly offers a unique interdisciplinary major in Wine and Viticulture with a three-pronged curriculum that combines an understanding of vineyards, wine making, and wine business. Our location in the heart of the Central Coast region gives our students access to some of the best growing conditions and internship opportunities in the industry."
(Provided By: Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo)
"Concentrations focus on the production of ornamental and edible crops in controlled environments, greenhouses, nurseries and on farms; management practices for built landscapes and surfaces used for recreational and sporting activities, and the selection and management of ornamental trees, shrubs, grasses, native species, and plants and soils that perform ecosystem services in recreational, urban, and suburban settings to meet functional and aesthetic requirements."
(Provided By: The University of Connecticut)