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Bachelor's in Regenerative Organic Agriculture

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America's only accredited BA in Regenerative Organic Agriculture

Earn Your Degree in the Classroom and in the Field

Our curriculum includes a combination of scientific research, philosophical inquiry, and hands-on field experience at our certified organic farm to facilitate the development of the whole individual and synthesize the head, heart, and hands of our students.

We focus on creating a learning environment that leverages interaction, observation, and critical thinking skills to generate an honest dialogue about how we can coexist with the natural world.

  • Gain extensive hands-on experience in running a regenerative, organic farm from seed to sale

  • Implement regenerative practices to revive soil health, maximize water efficiency, and increase biodiversity

  • Receive personalized mentorship from experts in the field of regenerative agriculture

  • Connect with a network of farms across the US and beyond that accept our students as skilled interns

Kickstart Your Career!

Advance your career in a growing field

Most US Citizens and permanent residents qualify for federal aid options, including
federal student loans.

Per USDA, nearly 60,000 high-skilled agriculture job openings expected annually

Gain skills in applying regenerative organic principles

Learn how to improve soil health and water quality to mitigate climate change

Consciousness-Based education for inner development

Connect with nature and be a part of the solution

The undergraduate program in Regenerative Organic Agriculture explores the development of food production systems that are ecologically sound, economically viable, and promote the wellbeing and nourishment of local communities.

As populations increase and natural resources face increasing economic pressure, communities will have to develop new and innovative ways to meet their nutritional and dietary needs. Regenerative Agriculture is a systems based approach to farm management that goes beyond organic and aims to proactively regenerate the greater ecosystem while growing nutrient dense crops that are resilient against pests, diseases, and greater climate change.

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Self-Discovery

The Regenerative Organic Agriculture Program at Maharishi International University further emphasizes the alignment of the individual with natural law to optimize one’s own potential as an agent for positive change in the world. As we search for solutions to perhaps the greatest challenge facing humanity, we acknowledge that the outer reflects the inner, and that we must start with cultivating a connection to the field of all possibilities as the underlying source for all solutions.

To achieve this, you’ll learn the Transcendental Meditation® technique, an evidence-based program that enhances clear thinking, reduces stress, and promotes creativity. In addition, our unique system of Consciousness-BasedSM education will help you to connect everything you’re learning to who you are at your core.

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Courses

• Science and Technology of Consciousness (4)
• Health-Related Fitness (2)
• Higher States of Consciousness (2)
• Physiology is Consciousness (4)
• Foundations of Physics and Consciousness (4)
• Composition I (4)
• Composition II (4)
• Intermediate Algebra (4

Required courses for the major:

Biocultural Ecology for Here and Now

Ecosystems are living systems composed of human, more-than-human, and biogeophysical components. Understanding and living in alignment with living systems is essential for regenerative, thriving societies. In this course, students will explore living systems principles through the lens of ecology and ecosystems sciences. We apply those principles to how humans have and could live as powerful agents of change. We look at ecosystem components, dynamics, processes, and systems across scales with an emphasis on the human influence on ecosystems. We conclude with an understanding of how living in alignment with ecosystems and living systems principles supports people and the planet. By the end of this course, students will be able to explain the complexity of ecosystems and why a foundation of ecology is important for regenerative sustainability, understand and explain the potential effects human consciousness and actions have on the ecosystem, think systemically, and apply this thinking to specific living systems.

Introduction to Regenerative Organic Agriculture

Regenerative Organic Agriculture is a systems based approach to agriculture that leverages natural ecology to build soil, improve water efficiency, and increase biodiversity while emphasizing local food, feed, and fiber as the foundation of a strong community. This course acts as an introduction to the principles and practices involved in regenerative agriculture with an emphasis on horticultural sciences. Students will learn basic botany related to plant physiology and seed production, along with strategies for farm layout, land preparation, crop rotation, and fertility management. By the end of this course, students will have the contextual knowledge and conceptual framework needed to understand the management strategies involved in regenerative organic farming.

Permaculture Design Certification

Regenerative Organic Agriculture is a systems based approach to agriculture that leverages natural ecology to build soil, improve water efficiency, and increase biodiversity while emphasizing local food, feed, and fiber as the foundation of a strong community. This course acts as an introduction to the principles and practices involved in regenerative agriculture with an emphasis on horticultural sciences. Students will learn basic botany related to plant physiology and seed production, along with strategies for farm layout, land preparation, crop rotation, and fertility management. By the end of this course, students will have the contextual knowledge and conceptual framework needed to understand the management strategies involved in regenerative organic farming.

Soil Science & Applications

The ability to analyze, build, and manage soil is a key component of regenerative, organic 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.

Crop Science & Applications

Horticulture and the science of crop production represents the foundational knowledge of the regenerative, organic agriculture program. This fieldwork course at the farm combines experiential learning in greenhouse management, transplanting, field maintenance and harvesting with an in-depth understanding of various vegetable and tree crops used in market gardening and agroforestry. Students will learn the unique characteristics and considerations associated with different annual and perennial crops such as growth patterns, propagation techniques, lifespan, and disease and pest pressure. This course will also involve workshops in tree planting and establishment, pruning, and grafting strategies

Organic Pest & Fertility Management

Regenerative organic agriculture insists on deep nourishment and soil fertility as the basis for plant maintenance. This fieldwork course at the farm continues with daily engagement in various farm activities and includes a focus on the strategies involved in pest mitigation and disease management for organic crop production. Students will develop a basic understanding of entomology and plant pathology in order to identify various markers for disease and pest pressure, along with gaining hands-on experience through the creation and application of foliar sprays and biological remedies that promote a holistic approach to pest and fertility management.

Water Management & Conservation Strategies

Water is the foundation of life on earth and plays a significant role in sustainable farm management and greater ecological restoration. This fieldwork course involves daily engagement in various farm activities and includes a focus on strategies for conserving and optimizing water resources throughout your landscape. Students will develop a basic understanding of the hydrological cycle with an emphasis on watershed management that allows them to perform site analysis and identify issues related to runof , pollution, and improper drainage. Workshops will include practical applications in keyline design, grey water systems engineering, rainwater harvesting and irrigation.

Biodynamic Agriculture

Biodynamics is a unique, spirit based approach to agriculture that was first developed by Rudolf Steiner in the 1920’s. In biodynamics, farmers are regarded as “cosmic artists” that use specific preps at various times throughout the year to reinvigorate the Earth and improve soil fertility and plant nutrition. This fieldwork course includes daily engagement with farm activities and will cover various lectures involved in Rudolf Steiner’s “Agriculture Course”. These lectures will explain the philosophical principles underlying Biodynamics, with an emphasis on how to create and utilize the preps and applications that represent the “life force” of biodynamic agriculture.

Urban Design & Season Extension

This course focuses on problem solving for farming in unique environments and explores the design, development, and economic considerations involved in urban farm production, cold-season extension, and winter preparation. Students will gain hands-on experience while working on the farm with a special focus on winter storage techniques, fermentation sciences, mushroom cultivation, microgreen production and various methods used in small scale farm production. 

Sustainable Business Management & Entrepreneurship

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 a conceptual framework to use for business management that integrates a practical understanding of marketing, operations, and finance with a careful consideration of environmental justice and human welfare. Students will explore issues that demonstrate the complexity of sustainability and will end the class by developing a project initiative or business plan that promotes positive change in their local community.

Final Project

Your training program will culminate in a final, comprehensive project on the design and development of your own farm or a unique business venture that demonstrates your understanding of Regenerative Organic Agriculture. All students will be expected to present their final projects during the last week of their final class.

Plus 12-16 credits of field experience fulfilled through an agriculture internship

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 as a whole. (4-16 credits) Prerequisites: Consent of the program director and approved Internship Proposal.

Electives

Courses may include:

Teaching Practicum: The art of seeing and becoming

(Offered according to demand) Teaching is a profound way in which students can enhance their learning. This course is designed to allow undergraduate students in good academic standing the opportunity to assist an instructor in teaching a course in regenerative organic agriculture. Teaching practicums will include the various aspects involved in preparing and teaching a course for undergraduate students, including lecture and lab preparation, IT assistance, grading, and facilitating class discussions. (4-8 credits) Prerequisite: Prior successful completion of the course and consent of the instructor.

Individualized Project Proposal: Taking right action through increased awareness

(Offered according to demand) In this course, students apply what they have learned in the regenerative organic agriculture program to develop a personal project initiative that enhances regenerative principles within the MIU campus community. Students begin by identifying a specific issue that they would like to resolve and develop a comprehensive project plan that defines the proposal, scope, and objectives of the project. Instructors of the agriculture program will provide oversight and guidance for the student to ensure a holistic perspective is combined with a detailed oriented approach to the proposed initiative.  Project proposals may include, but are not limited to, process improvement or increased production at the farm, improved aesthetics at the SL building, or regenerative landscaping on MIU’s campus. Students will give a final presentation on their project at the end of the course. Students may request to be nominated to represent the department and present their project at the annual Senior Project Honors Competition. (4-8 credits - second course subject to satisfactory progress in the first course and a clear plan for the progression of learning in the subsequent course.) Prerequisite: Good academic standing and consent of the program director.

The Agriculture-Nutrition-Health Connection

An interdisciplinary solution-based approach to leveraging agriculture for improved nutrition, health, and environment. This is a perfect time to explore how agriculture can become more effective in promoting a well-nourished world, where more than 2 billion people have diets lacking in essential vitamins and minerals - a term described as hidden hunger. Together we will compare realities of our local communities and individual experiences, while gaining a better understanding of food’s role in global change.

Ethnobotany & Chemical Ecology of Plants

Ethnobotany, chemical composition, and ecology of food plants in different ecological zones in the tropical and temperate regions of the world with specific examples will be discussed. These food plants will include plants that are used as food and medicine. Their distribution, description, propagation/cultivation techniques, economic importance/utilization potential, and chemical composition will be considered. (4 credits) Prerequisite: 40 college credit hours or consent by program director.

Mycology & Organic Mushroom Farming

Fungus is an essential part of natural, ecological systems and represents an important protein source in regenerative food systems. This course involves an in-depth look at fungal ecology with a focus on strategies used in mushroom cultivation. Students will explore the potential of mushroom farming and develop a basic understanding of mycology through a series of lectures that explain the life cycle, stages of production, and management techniques involved in mushroom cultivation. This course will also provide hands on experience in production strategies used for both indoor and outdoor settings. (2 credits)

Food Forest Design & Development

Food forests are consciously designed forest gardens that provide for human needs while enhancing local ecology and improving the greater environment. This course will introduce students to basic concepts for food forest design, including site analysis, plant selection strategies, and considerations for initial development and systems maintenance. Students will learn how to identify plants based on their ability to relate to and interact with other plant communities, along with how they can combine various trees, shrubs, and herbs together to create a holistic, functional ecosystem that provides food and fiber for themselves and the greater community. This course will culminate with a final project in which students will perform site analysis to create a comprehensive plan for the design and development of their own food forest. (2 credits)

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