Food and Agriculture

Dig deep into food systems on the campus organic farm, in our world-class food-safe laboratory, and through field trips and internships.

Note: You can join or leave a Path of Study at any time and your credits will always count toward your Bachelor’s degree.

Spring at the Organic Farm

About Food and Agriculture

We all eat food. But how is good food raised, grown, or foraged, by whom, and at what cost? How does food get from the farm to our table? What is the connection between soil, food, health, and the languages used to describe our experiences of it? This interdisciplinary Path provides not only an intellectual exploration of food and agriculture, but also practical hands-on approaches to food production and the science of post-harvest processing.

  • Learn to closely read the land and the weather
  • Get hands-on, field-based learning
  • Understand sustainable food production
  • Follow an entire growing season from seed, to harvest, to market
  • Put the science of soils, plants, and resource management into practice

Evergreen’s Organic Farm is a working, small-scale, USDA-certified learning laboratory. Including three acres of fields and orchards, greenhouses, a closed-tunnel composting facility, it produces fruit, vegetables, eggs, herbs, and cut flowers for sale on campus, and raises chickens and sheep. Be a part of this learning community by enrolling in program that follows an entire season of growth and harvest.

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Foundational programs

You can take any of the three foundation programs in any order. Each one discusses basic principles in ecology and teaches critical and systems thinking, equity, and policy, and prepares you for participation in advanced-level work.

Practice of Organic Farming

Note: This program runs spring, summer, and fall quarters.

Practice of Organic Farming for 2019–20
Spring 2019
Summer 2020
Fall 2020
Practice of Organic Farming
Practice of Organic Farming for 2020–21
Spring 2020
Summer 2021
Fall 2021
Practice of Organic Farming
Practice of Organic Farming for 2021–22
Spring 2021
Summer 2022
Fall 2022
Practice of Organic Farming
Practice of Organic Farming for 2022–23
Spring 2022
Summer 2023
Fall 2023
Practice of Organic Farming
Practice of Organic Farming for 2023–24
Spring 2023
Summer 2024
Fall 2024
Practice of Organic Farming

All Other Foundational Programs

Foundational Programs for 2019–20
Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
Practice of Organic Farming (continued from Spring 2019) Practice of Organic Farming (continues into Summer and Fall 2020)
Farm to TablePermaculture Design
Foundational Programs for 2020–21
Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Spring 2021
Practice of Organic Farming (continued from Spring 2020) Practice of Organic Farming (continues into Summer and Fall 2021)
Food, Health, Sustainability 
Ecological Agriculture
 Botany: Plants and People 
Foundational Programs for 2021–22
Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Spring 2022
Practice of Organic Farming (continued from Spring 2021) Practice of Organic Farming (continues into Summer and Fall 2022)
Foundational Programs for 2022–23
Fall 2022
Winter 2023
Spring 2023
Practice of Organic Farming (continued from Spring 2022) Practice of Organic Farming (continues into Summer and Fall 2023)
Ecological Agriculture
 Botany: Plants and PeoplePermaculture Design
Foundational Programs for 2023–24
Fall 2023
Winter 2024
Spring 2024
Practice of Organic Farming (continued from Spring 2023) Practice of Organic Farming (continues into Summer and Fall 2024)
Food, Health, Sustainability
  Permaculture Design

Advanced programs

Study the geography, history, and hands-on practice of food production through books, films, and lectures, as well as in labs and in the field. Advanced programs in the Food and Agriculture Path typically offer the following:

  • Develop a capstone project about a subject important to you
  • Learn skills in agricultural analysis
  • Practice different methods of farming
  • Collaborate in a group on a variety of projects
  • Present the results of your research

Advanced-level work can happen through Student-Originated Studies (SOS): Food and Agriculture, which includes a capstone project as an option. You also have the option of pursuing programs and internships that include plant biology, foodways, issues in food justice, and sustainability.

Advanced Programs for 2019–20
Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
 SOS: Food and Agriculture 
 Comparative Eurasian Foodways
  Comparative Eurasian Foodways: the Immigrant Experience
Advanced Programs for 2020–21
Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Spring 2021
 SOS: Food and AgricultureField Plant Taxonomy
Advanced Programs for 2021–22
Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Spring 2022
 SOS: Food and Agriculture 
 Food Justice and Social Movements
 Botany: Plants and PeoplePicturing Plants
Advanced Programs for 2022–23
Fall 2022
Winter 2023
Spring 2023
 SOS: Food and AgricultureField Plant Taxonomy
Advanced Programs for 2023–24
Fall 2023
Winter 2024
Spring 2024
 SOS: Food and AgricultureField Plant Taxonomy
 Food, Health and Sustainability