900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
This course is designed to explore a diversity of topics relating to sustainable agriculture -- farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for people and communities. The course will be structured around five units. We will begin by defining the term sustainability and exploring its origins. The next three units will reflect the 'Es' of sustainability -- environment, economics, and equity - in relation to agriculture. The last unit will be project-based, requiring students to develop a plan for sustainable agriculture in a particular geographic region designated by the instructor. The goal of the final portion of the class is to explore a real life context what is meant by sustainable agriculture, the difficulties in achieving this, and the compromises that inevitably have to be made.
General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-Centered