The curricular component of the program will be an even mix of lecture and field trips, instructional field time focused on different agricultural systems, individualized research, and unadulterated farm work.
Students will receive credit in each of the following courses:
SFS 1211: Introduction to Cerridwen Farm (1 credit)
SFS 1011: Fundamentals of Organic Agriculture (3 credits) (Syllabus)
SFS 2070: Sustainable Regional Food Systems (3 credits) (Syllabus)
SFS 2075: Integrated Production Systems (3 credits)
SFS 1075: Farm Skills Intensive (Four offered for 1 credit each)
Students will also receive practical training in intensive vegetable production, rotational grazing, animal husbandry, greenhouse management, utilization of draft animals, and agricultural marketing and business management. Training will occur primarily at Cerridwen Farm at Green Mountain College.
Instructors will be Farm Manager and faculty member Kenneth Mulder, ethnobotanist and faculty member Eleanor Tison, farmer and adjunct faculty member Kristen Andrews, Assistant Farm Manager Baylee Drown, Farm Researcher and Teamster Ben Dube, and several amazing farmers from Vermont, New York and New Hampshire.
Finally, students will collaborate upon a communal experiment in sustainable living as they attempt to derive a significant majority of their sustenance from the farm. Students will learn to eat seasonally and bioregionally utilizing primary ingredients from Cerridwen Farm including vegetables, eggs, meat and milk to prepare shared meals.