An introduction to the theory and practice of sustainable agriculture, this course takes an interdisciplinary approach, supporting the student’s journey to define the concept and identify indicators and metrics according to industry best practices, a robust social movement, and their own informed criteria and values. The course will explore topics such as organic agriculture, climate change and agriculture, food systems, food justice, corporate social responsibility, certification, food safety, and international development, as they relate to sustainable agriculture. The course will be conducted using both the lecture and case methods, while guest speakers and field trips will be integral to the learning process, adding critical perspective and contact with “real world” cases. Students will conduct research into practices and policies that support and detract from sustainability in agriculture. The course will culminate in an individual or team research project related to a topic of interest to students. Active student participation is both encouraged and required.

Middlebury Institute, CA