Discontinued Program - Organic Farming

Organic Farming
Program Code:
5281 Organic Farming
Program Level:
Agricultural Technology
Award Type:
Technology Certificate
Start Term:
End Term:
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:
Institute of Agricultural Technology
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
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College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Institute of Agricultural Technology

Organic Farming

Organic farming is one of the fastest growing and expanding areas of agriculture. There are viable business opportunities for small-scale producers to meet the consumer demand for fresh, local vegetables, fruits and herbs by marketing at the growing number of farmer's markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) farms, as well as other direct and wholesale markets. This program is a 12-month (January to December) introduction to intensive and year-round organic farming. The organic farming program consists of course work, the operation of a diversified small-scale organic farm on the Michigan State University campus, and a 16-week placement training or apprenticeship on a working farm or with a community or urban garden project. Emphasis is on the production of vegetables, fruit, herbs, and cut flowers with CSA and farm stand marketing. Winter production occurs in unheated and heated greenhouses. The curriculum includes how to build and maintain soil quality and fertility primarily with on-farm resources and farming methods that cultivate a diverse, profitable and resilient farm. No previous farming experience is required. This program is especially suitable for applicants seeking a new direction and employment related to organic farming and gardening, community and urban garden projects, and other food system and environmental careers.

Requirements for Organic Farming

1. All of the following courses (26 credits):  
  AT 045 Agricultural Communications 2
  AT 071 Technical Mathematics 2
  HRT 242 Passive Solar Greenhouses for Protected Cultivation 1
  HRT 243 Organic Transplant Production 1
  HRT 251 Organic Farming Principles and Practices 3
  HRT 252 Organic Certification and Farm Plans 1
  HRT 253 Compost Production and Use 1
  HRT 256 Organic Produce Direct Marketing 1
  HRT 257 Organic Produce Wholesale Marketing 1
  HRT 258 Study a Farm 3
  HRT 259A Student Organic Farm Practicum I 3
  HRT 259B Student Organic Farm Practicum II 4
  HRT 259C Student Organic Farm Practicum III 3
2. One of the following courses (2 or 3 credits):  
  HRT 109 Introduction to Applied Plant Science 2
  PLB 105 Plant Biology 3
3. Complete a minimum of 10 credits from the following:  
  ANS 110 Introductory Animal Agriculture 4
  AT 291 Selected Topics in Agricultural Technology 2
  AT 293 Professional  Internship in Agricultural Technology 3
  CSS 101 Introduction to Crop Science 3
  CSS 110 Computer Applications in Agronomy 2
  CSS 201 Forage Crops 3
  CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
  CSS 212 Advanced Crop Production 2
  CSS 360 Soil Biology 3
  HRT 221 Greenhouse Structures and Management 3
  HRT 244 Culinary and Medicinal Herbs 1
  HRT 245 Specialty Cut Flowers 1
  HRT 290 Independent Study in Horticulture 1 or 2
  HRT 332 Tree Fruit Production and Management 2
  HRT 335 Berry Crop Production and Management 1
  HRT 341 Vegetable Production and Management 3
  PLP 105 Fundementals of Applied Plant Pathology 2