Description

In our BA, you’ll learn to grow healthy food that sustains our planet

You’ll study permaculture, soil ecology and more with experts in the field, connecting each topic to your deepest self. Our program combines natural agricultural methods with science to teach totally renewable and practical farming techniques. You’ll set up your own farm system and be selling your own produce locally before graduation.

Advocate for our planet 

You’ll take one hands-on class per month, diving deeply into topics like:

  • Permaculture 
  • Soil ecology
  • Biodynamic agriculture 
  • Practical farm management skills & more 
Our program goes beyond agriculture, too—you’ll have the opportunity to study writing, journalism, environmental advocacy, sustainable community development and more in small classes with experts in the field. 

Dive within & discover yourself 

You’ll learn the Transcendental Meditation technique, an evidence-based technique that enhances clear thinking, reduces stress and promotes creativity. In addition, our unique system of Consciousness-Based education will help you to connect everything you’re learning to who you are at your core. 

You’ll graduate with an internationally-recognized certificate, a BA degree, and all of the skills and connections you need to secure a job in the field of sustainable agriculture. 

Courses / Degree Requirements for the BA in Regenerative Organic Agriculture 

To graduate with a BA in Regenerative Organic Agriculture (BA ROA), students must successfully complete: 

  • All general requirements for a bachelor’s degree 
  • 59 credits of credits of coursework in the area of regenerative organic agriculture, as follows: 
16 credits of ROA core courses 

  • SL—A101 Organic Agriculture (4 credits) 
  • SL—G101: Permaculture Design (4 credits) 
  • SL—G201 CCTS: Ecology (4 credits) 
  • SL—A202 Biodynamic Agriculture (4 credits) 

Plus 16 credits of ROA elective courses 

  • SL—G195 Living Systems (4 credits) 
  • SL—A301 Soil Ecology (4 credits) 
  • SL—A340 Soil Science (4 credits) 
  • SL—A401 Planning a Biodiverse Organic Farm (4 credits) 

Plus 18 credits of ROA fieldwork and workshops 

  • SL—A341 How to Prepare Your Organic Field (3 credits) 
  • SL—A342 Planting, Plant Care, and Maintenance (3 credits) 
  • SL—A343 Pest Scouting and Weed Management (3 credits) 
  • SL—A344 Harvesting and Succession Planting (3 credits) 
  • SL—A345 Cold Season Cropping and Season Extension Methods (3 credits) 
  • SL—A346 Long-Term Storage Crops and End-of-Season Preparations (3 credits) 

Plus 9 credits of ROA apprenticeship 

Plus a project portfolio and written reflection. Students present an online portfolio of 2-4 completed projects with a written reflective component in which they reflect, in writing, on what they’ve learned, how they’ve learned it, how this learning fits into their larger career and life goals, what they might have done differently, etc. as outlined by academic advisor. Project portfolio and written reflection will be reviewed at time of the Senior Comprehensive Exam.

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