GVSU Program to encourage interested students organic farming and sustainable agriculture
The Grand Valley State University of Allendale, Michigan, US has introduced a certificate program where students will learn about sustainable farming and successful marketing of organic produces. This program is known as the ‘The 15-credit Sustainable Food Systems Certificate’. It is for students who are interested in sustainable agriculture or opening a restaurant which serves organic dishes grown locally. The students’ eligible for the program has a wide range of subjects to choose from like sustainability in global agriculture, soil science principles, food sociology, etc.
The students who opt for this program should have the elementary knowledge in environmental studies and agriculture. They would follow the basic processes in agriculture that consists of growing, harvesting and cleaning along with marketing their produce. The students will gain this hands-on experience in the southern part of the Allendale campus. The program is focused to increase awareness in students and in turn consumers to express interest in the food movement, which strives to promote purchase of foods that are organic and are locally grown instead of transporting the commercialized variety from faraway places.
Jim Penn, a professor of the Geography / Planning Department said that ‘There's a lot of interest there and there's a lot of job satisfaction in those jobs’ in favor of students who would like to pursue such career. This program is not only for the regular students of the university but also for the vocational students who are in need to enhance their skills in organic farming. The university is optimistic about the program’s popularity.