In collaboration with the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, Pa., DelVal will offer this 36-credit certificate program specifically designed for those interested in organic farming.

The one-year program will incorporate classroom courses on animal science, marketing, plant disease diagnosis and entomology during the spring and fall semesters on the DelVal campus. During the summer semester, students will take classes and get hands-on experience at the Rodale Institute. Students may apply to start in any term and may opt for a part-time schedule.

According to the USDA, organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.

DelVal is proud to be a Yellow Ribbon School. Veterans who are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill will have up to 100% of their tuition paid by their GI Bill, in addition to receiving funds for housing and books. 

In addition to the curriculum, the program also includes business development skills and career placement assistance.

Summer Semester 2013 at Rodale Campus
Course Number Course Title Credits
PS 1301 Plant Health Management 3
PS 1302 Soil Biology 3
PS 9903 Farm Practicum III 6
Fall Semester 2013
Course Number Course Title Credits
AS 1006 Introduction to Animal Science 3
PS 2240 Organic Food and Fiber 3
PS 4106 Marketing of Horticultural Products 3
PS 9901 Farm Practicum I 3
Spring Semester 2014
Course Number Course Title Credits
PS 2211 Commercial Vegetable Production 3
PS 2235 Principles of Sustainable Agriculture 3
PS 3240 Integrated Pest Management 2
PS 9902 Farm Practicum II 4