This 3-quarter program will introduce you to the agriculture research, practical applications, and entrepreneurial opportunities focused on agricultural carbon sequestration and increasing farming systems' resiliency to the impacts of climate change. Fall quarter, teamwork skills will be emphasized while we collaborate to write a comprehensive literature review of the climate farming research literature and create a multi-media educational resource of traditional and emerging climate smart farming practices, technologies, and related entrepreneurial activities. We will also become familiar with the campus organic farm and use it as a case study to learn how to analyze an operation's carbon footprint. Winter and spring quarters, students will form project teams that actively work on creating climate farming policy/research agendas, applied on-farm research projects, refine and publish our educational resources, or pursue entrepreneurial application of novel ideas and technologies.
To offer student scheduling flexibility, fall and spring quarters will have condensed in-person meeting times on campus, day and evening virtual office hours, and half of the work completed asynchronously online. Winter quarter will be entirely online to facilitate independent visits or internships with climate farming projects. Spring quarter will also support students seeking applied research projects and internships anywhere that travel is permitted.
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Climate Solutions Research and Education, Farming Systems Research and Education, Agriculture, Entrepreneurship
Winter or Spring: Working with institutes or farms focused on climate solutions agriculture