- Exploring Consciousness in Agriculture
An overview of the certificate program and inner development. This course introduces students to the Science and Technology of Consciousness and Maharishi’s teachings with an emphasis on the relationship between the development of consciousness and the success of regenerative organic farmers. This course examines how creative intelligence displayed in every grain of creation arises in a systematic and sequential fashion from within that one basic universal field, along with establishing the importance of inner sustainability as a foundational element of outward prosperity. Students will learn the fundamental practice of transcendental meditation to access and utilize that universal field of intelligence to bring fulfillment to their own lives and to life on earth.
- CCTS: Ecology
Ecology is often defined as the study of relationships between organisms and their living and non-living environment. The term has become more generalized in recent years to refer to a set of interacting entities in an environment. These entities could be thoughts, technologies, beliefs, organisms, pollutants, or mountains and the environment could be an individual mind, community, society, organism, planet, culture, or meadow. This more generalized notion of ecology opens us up to understanding ecology as something that exists in the universe rather than just a lens or set of questions through which we gain knowledge of the world. In this course students will learn about fundamental ecological concepts, including niche, habitat, community, ecosystem, biomes, biosphere; population ecology; species interactions; energy flows; nutrient cycling; and succession.
- Field Practicum in Farm Maintenance I
Understanding the tasks and routines involved in day-to-day field management is crucial to the success of any farmer. In this fieldwork course, students will assist in the daily maintenance of on farm activities with an emphasis on organic strategies for crop production and fertility management. Students will learn how to identify and remediate issues related to pest and disease pressure, irrigation, and weed management while simultaneously collecting field data that facilitates improved workflow and better environmental performance throughout the agricultural landscape.
- Field Practicum in Farm Maintenance II
This fieldwork course acts in tandem with Field Practicum in Farm Maintenance I and provides students with an opportunity to oversee and manage the day-to-day maintenance of a specific field plot at the university farm. Students will integrate what they have learned about organic crop production and fertility management to assess and improve issues related to pest and disease pressure, irrigation, and weed management while continuing to collect and interpret field data that facilitates improved workflow and better environmental performance. Students will be evaluated based on their ability to maintain and improve their designated field plot as it relates to crop vitality, soil health, data collection, and record keeping.
- Regenerative Farming Systems & Nature-Based Solutions
This course will explore holistic management strategies and natural techniques used in regenerative farming systems. Students will partake in daily farm activities while learning fundamental concepts and applications used in Biodynamics®, Korean natural farming, Vedic agriculture, and livestock management with a special emphasis on ruminants, monogastric animals, and honeybee science.
- Sustainable Farm Management
Sustainable business management is an attempt to execute triple bottom line performance in business through social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and economic viability. In this course, students will partake in daily farm activities while exploring concepts in sustainable metrics, finance, and lean management to determine operational strategies that foster continuous improvement and ensure a balanced approach towards people, the planet, and profits. This course will culminate in a final project in which students will create an enterprise budget report for a specific farm crop that combines an assessment of its economic and ecological impact, along with suggestions for improved future performance.
- Holistic Farm Planning
This course represents the culmination of the learning experience in the regenerative organic agriculture program and provides students with an opportunity to create a comprehensive plan for the design, development, and maintenance of their own regenerative, organic farm. Students will be provided with personalized instruction to help determine their goals for the course and work to create a plan of action that includes a holistic, systems-based farm design, a plan for multi-phase development, and an assessment of the management strategies they will employ to build soil, increase biodiversity, and create positive impact within their local community. This course functions as the capstone project for students completing the Regenerative Organic Agriculture module.
The internship experience represents the culmination of the student experience in the BA-Regenerative Organic Agriculture program. Students will work closely with an advisor to find an internship opportunity with a farm or organization that embodies the principles of regenerative organic agriculture. Internships may include farms with various practices, ranging from pasture management, market gardening, agroforestry, homesteading, among others. At the end of the internship experience, students will give a presentation to instructors from the department that explains knowledge gained, lessons learned, and a self-reflective assessment of personal growth through the internship experience.