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Go beyond sustainability; change the world through organic and biodynamic farming.

In our pioneering 9-month certificate program, you’ll learn to grow healthy food that sustains our planet. You’ll study permaculture, soil ecology and more with experts in the field, connecting each topic to your deepest self.

*This is a specialized non-credit, non-degree program that is not eligible for federal financial aid. If you want to pursue an academic degree program with federal financial aid, please see our BA in Regenerative Organic Agriculture or BA in Sustainable & Regenerative Living

Pioneering certificate program

We’ll teach you how to work with nature, not against it. You’ll study natural agricultural techniques that grow healthy food at no cost to our planet.

Our program combines natural agricultural methods with science to teach totally renewable and practical farming techniques. You’ll set up your own farm system and be selling your own produce locally before graduation.


Go beyond sustainability

Our classes go beyond sustainability and ground students in a regenerative systems approach to organic and biodynamic agriculture. You’ll do more than learn agricultural techniques—you’ll study writing, journalism, environmental advocacy, sustainable community development and more.


Farm how nature would farm

Our classes combine traditional knowledge systems with modern science to teach completely renewable and environmentally-friendly agricultural techniques.

During your time as a student, you’ll learn how to be an environmentally responsible steward of the land by using natural resources that are renewed during the farming process.


Be a food entrepreneur

Through our hands-on approach, you’ll develop a complete seed-to-sale farm system and start selling your own organic produce before you’ve even graduated.

After graduation, you’ll be fully prepared with the practical skills you need for a job on an organic farm—and with the knowledge you need to start your own.


Grow as a person

All students in our program receive free instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique, an evidence-based technique with proven mental, physiological, behavioral, and physical benefits that enable you to learn more efficiently and effectively.

In addition to daily meditation, you’ll learn how to work on a team, use critical thinking skills, farm ethically, and be a global citizen who contributes to our world community in a positive and sustainable way.

Featured faculty

Yashaswini Sharma

Yashaswini Sharma

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Dr. Yashaswini Sharma is a visiting research scholar conducting post-doctoral research on medicinal herbs.

She completed her PhD (Horticulture) in Medicinal Herbs in 2012 from University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India.

She has been conducting research on medicinal herbs and conservation and quality analysis of herbs for 12 years. Dr. Sharma has published more than 25 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and participated and presented papers in many national and international seminars.

She teaches BA and certificate courses in regenerative organic agriculture, plant propagation, and essential oil extraction and utilization.

International partnerships

Curriculum

Horticulture represents the foundational knowledge of the Regenerative Organic Agriculture program. Students will learn basic botany related to plant physiology and seed production, along with strategies for farm layout, land preparation, plant propagation, and soil and nutrient management. We head out to the field for sessions on planting systems and irrigation methods. Other topics include strategies for building soil organic matter, composting, basic entomology, and pest management methods. (4 credits)
Permaculture Design is an attempt to rethink and redesign every aspect of human endeavor in terms of sustainability. In this course, you will learn about the principles, ethics, and scientific reasoning that guides permaculture design, along with how to apply it to homes, cities, and natural landscapes. Students will engage with concepts and strategies for building soil health, maximizing water efficiency, and increasing biodiversity through integrated plant dynamics and agroforestry. There will also be workshops related to mushroom cultivation and fermentation sciences. The course will culminate in a final comprehensive design project involving a real client, where you will work to perform site analysis and develop practical solutions for real-world design challenges. Upon successful completion of the course, students earn an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate. This course includes a weekend field trip. Course Fees: $100 (4 credits)
The ability to analyze, build, and manage soil is a key component of regenerative agriculture. In this course, students will learn fundamental concepts in soil science relating to physical, chemical, and biological properties, along with instilling an awareness of soil as a natural basic resource. This class will involve fieldwork sessions where students gain experience in strategic garden bed preparation while developing technical skills for building soil fertility through the creation and application of compost, biochar, and other soil amendments. (4 credits)
This fieldwork course combines experiential learning in greenhouse management, transplanting, and field maintenance with an in-depth understanding of various vegetable crops produced throughout the farm season. Students will learn the unique characteristics and considerations associated with different vegetable crops, including growth patterns, propagation techniques, lifespan, specific pest and disease issues, and potential companion plants. (3 credits)
This fieldwork course continues with daily engagement in the farm’s operational activities and includes an emphasis on concepts related to plant maintenance, along with practical applications in pest and fertility management. Students will develop technical skills involving pest identification, nutritional management, and the ability to create biological remedies that promote plant health and pest resistance. (3 credits)
This course involves fieldwork and will focus heavily on harvest and post-harvest efficiencies, including cleaning, storage, and washroom policies. Students will also be preparing succession plantings and cover crops as spring crops begin to be terminated, along with continuing to engage in the general sales of produce through the CSA, farmers market, and Annapurna. (3 credits)
This course involves fieldwork and will focus on planting cold season crops such as spinach, kale, carrots, and beets. Students will also be exposed to season extension methods like row covers, low tunnels, high tunnels, greenhouses, cold frames, and mulching along with continuing to engage in the harvest of crops, sales, and general marketing strategies. (3 credits)
This block will involve a combination of fieldwork and independent study with an emphasis on the full-scale development and strategic approach to starting a farm enterprise. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of land acquisition, crop planning, and enterprise budgeting. This final block of fieldwork will also involve a capstone project. Student capstone projects are subject to faculty approval and explore an issue related to food, agriculture, or anything else deemed appropriate. Emphasis is placed upon project management, the application of technical skills and technical creativity to specific projects, informal communication skills, a formal written report, and formal oral presentation. (3 credits)
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 develop an understanding of the basic concepts associated with aspects of business management including economics, operations, finance, and marketing. Students will also learn about issues related to sustainability and how to identify economic trends that influence general business strategy. The course will involve practical applications in performing cost analysis, financial modeling, digital marketing, lean management, and how to write a business plan. (4 credits)

Frequently asked questions

For the 9-month program, tuition and fees are $11,530 and housing and meals are $7,400. In addition, international students will need an estimated $3,000 for personal expenses and to purchase health insurance.

If you are enrolled in our program as a 9-month certification course, you will not be taking these courses for college credit.

If you would prefer to take our Regenerative Organic Agriculture Program for college credit as part of a degree program, please see our BA in Regenerative Organic Agriculture or BA in Sustainable and Regenerative Living

If you would prefer to take our Regenerative Organic Agriculture Program for college credit as part of a degree program, please see our BA in Regenerative Organic Agriculture or BA in Sustainable and Regenerative Living

If you wish to learn TM before enrolling, visit www.tm.org to find a TM center near you. All students who haven’t yet learned TM will be instructed during their first week at MIU.

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