The goal of sustainable agriculture is to meet the food and fiber needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. To achieve this goal, sustainable agriculture must be environmentally sound (preserving or improving the quality of soil, water and air, while minimizing reliance on non-renewable resources), economically viable (providing a secure living for farm families and workers while providing access to good food for all) and socially just (supporting communities and being fair to all involved). The sustainable agriculture minor at the University of the Ozarks will address these dimensions through an integrated curriculum including coursework, practical experience and community involvement.
While pursuing this minor you will learn the tenets of Sustainable Agriculture. You will create a viable business plan and work with community organizations or local farmers, to create a strategic plan. You will complete an off-campus internship on a farm or with an organization supporting sustainable agriculture. And, you will do all this while enjoying lots of time with fellow students in the University’s Food for Thought Garden.
WHAT OUR STUDENTS DO
"For what it's worth: it's never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again." Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay
Nena Evans spent her summer not only developing her outdoor and leadership skills, but also hanging ten at one of the best surfing spots in all of Europe.
A group of students have turned a class project into an environmental-friendly policy change on campus.