Year Long Sustainability Program
The flagship year-long program, fall thru spring. Students participate in an immersive experiential education program living at the sustainability farm. They take a total of 3 credits throughout the year, 1.5 each semester. Each semester students will enroll in one full-unit core course in sustainability studies and a half-unit course in organic farming. Students will then be free to choose to take their remaining credits either through on farm elective courses, independent studies, or courses on campus. The core program components are:
-Fall courses: Approaches to Sustainability (1.5 credits), Farm Practicum (.5 credits) -Spring courses: Communicating Sustainability, Farm Practicum (.5 credits) -Fall and Spring: Participating in the living-learning community, living and working at the Sustainability Site house and farm throughout the year. -The fall and spring core courses are taught by varied faculty bringing disciplinary perspectives to the work of approaching and communicating about the challenges and dynamics of sustainability. The Farm Practicum focuses on hands-on participation in the work of the sustainability site farm, as well as exploration of food systems and household consumption in relation to student experience on and beyond the site.
Benefits of the program include the opportunity to:
- Live and learn on a local organic farm.
- Take one core course each semester in sustainability studies.
- Have the flexibility to continue on-campus courses and activities.
- Gain practical skills in agriculture, leadership, and activism.
Throughout the year, students will take several short field trips in the North Country to meet local entrepreneurs and sustainability leaders offering real world case studies and experience.
We value diversity in experiences and backgrounds. Sustainability requires complex problem-solving, and all perspectives are needed to accomplish these goals. Students from all majors, academic interests, and different abilities are welcome.
The 2023-2024 Sustainability Program applications are due April 2, 2023, and the program will begin in August of 2023 one week prior to beginning of classes. Click to apply. Look for us in Dana and keep an eye out for info sessions.
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