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Department of Regenerative Agriculture

The Department of Regenerative Agriculture explores the leading edge of regenerative organic agriculture principles and practices — key to improving soil health, human health, and climate health. Our curriculum emphasizes training in organic agriculture as defined by governments worldwide.

Regenerative Agriculture is a systems-based approach to agriculture that leverages natural ecology to build soil, improve water efficiency, and increase biodiversity while emphasizing healthy food, feed, and fiber systems as the foundation of a strong community. Regenerative Agriculture, as defined by Nature, “Aims at regenerating, renewing, and further improving the soil functions and capabilities for ecosystem services in an always-improving process.” Regenerative agriculture practices capture and store more carbon in the soil and release fewer greenhouse gases than conventional agriculture. And by using regenerative principles, we can revitalize soil biodiversity to enhance ecosystem services — resulting in carbon drawdown and the restoration of the water cycle.

Due to degenerative agricultural practices, the United Nations has reported there are only about 60 growing seasons left before the world’s soil will no longer have the capacity to produce crops. As more food and fashion brands start reviewing their supply chains to improve their environmental footprint and stakeholder value, they no doubt will be thinking about how their raw materials are produced. We are already seeing big corporations like General Mills, Cargill, Kering, and many others invest in regenerative and organic agriculture. And with this global transition comes an increased need for skilled professionals in the agriculture industry that understand both organic and regenerative methods.

Our Regenerative Agriculture programs build an understanding of how to think critically and holistically when considering the design and flourishing of organic agriculture systems. We engage students in the process of learning through hands-on projects, problem-solving, question building, journaling, researching, teaching, and collaborating.

Maharishi International University is the first university in the world to expand the scope of regenerative organic agriculture to include knowledge of how to live in accord with natural law. As we approach the world’s environmental, societal, and economic problems, from local to global, we develop ever-greater creativity and intelligence.

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Faculty

sam james

Sam James

sam james

Sam James is one of the world's leading experts in earthworm ecology and diversity. Dr. James has a PhD in Biology and was an organic farmer in Iowa for 10 years, where he taught a wide range of life science courses at several universities. He also has many international research collaborations in Europe, Asia, and South America.

Tyler Wilfley

Tyler Wilfley

Tyler Wilfley

Tyler Wilfley is an experienced coordinator with a background in permaculture design, financial management, and sustainable community development. His past experience as a program manager in Northern Thailand included projects in permaculture design, eco-friendly infrastructure, and wildlife conservation. Tyler graduated summa cum laude from Illinois State University with a BA in Philosophy and received the outstanding student award for his MBA in Sustainable Business from Maharishi International University.

steve mclaskey

Steve McLaskey

steve mclaskey

Steve received his PhD in horticulture from Cornell University in 1997 and has spent over 25 years farming vegetables in the Midwest. Steve brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to the ROA team with his extensive knowledge in plant physiology, pest, and disease identification, biodynamic applications, and organic certification. He is also one of the lead organizers for the farm’s operational management and cropping strategy.

Yashaswini Sharma

Yashu Sharma

Yashaswini Sharma

Dr. Yashaswini Sharma is Adjunct Assistant Professor of HorticultureAdjunct Assistant Professor of Horticulture. She is an expert in the field of horticulture and has been involved in research and extension activities for more than 5 years at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Dharwad, India. She has been conducting research on medicinal herbs, conservation, and quality analysis of herbs for 10 years. She has been published in more than 20 research paper in peer-reviewed journals and presented papers at many national and international seminars. She has taught horticulture courses for the last five years on fundamentals of horticulture, plant propagation, fruits and vegetable production, commercial floriculture, ornamental horticulture and landscape gardening, spices and plantation crops, post-harvest technology, medicinal and aromatic crops, and high-tech horticulture.

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