The Organic Farming Program is a 36-credit, one-year certificate program offered through a partnership between Delaware Valley University and Rodale Institute. The program can lead to a rewarding career producing food in a way that restores, maintains and enhances the natural world. Organic agriculture promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs. Students take courses such as: Commercial Vegetable Production, Organic Food and Fiber, Principles of Sustainable Agriculture, Plant Health Management and Soil Biology. They also apply what they learn at both Delaware Valley University and Rodale Institute during practicums.
Students who complete the program leave with the knowledge and experience necessary to start a small-scale organic farm or, work for an organic operation. The program offers assistance with job placement and developing business plans so that graduates can easily move right into rewarding careers in organic agriculture.
Students are welcome to complete their courses at Delaware Valley University on a part-time or full-time basis, but all three courses at Rodale Institute must be completed during one summer. Students may apply to start during any term. Courses in the certificate program may be applied toward bachelor’s degree programs in agriculture at DelVal.
This credit certificate is available as a stand-alone program and to all undergraduate degree students to complete as part of their studies, regardless of their majors. Students should consult with their academic advisor about how the certificate courses can fit into their individual academic and career plans. Emily Boell, the organic farming program coordinator, works closely with the Organic Farming students to help ensure that their experiences in the program align with their professional and educational goals.
DelVal is proud to be a Yellow Ribbon School. The program is an approved non-degree certificate program and is eligible for enrollment by veterans who would like to use their education benefits. Interested veterans are encouraged to email Kerr Smith, director of military and veterans affairs at Delaware Valley University at Kerr.Smith@delval.edu or, call him at 215.489.2914.
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We are currently accepting applications for the program. Please reach out to Linda Lefevre at Linda.Lefevre@delval.edu with any questions.
Even if you're not sure if you want to start the program yet, you can still find out how much funding you're eligible for. Email Kerr Smith at Kerr.Smith@delval.edu or call 215.489.2914 as soon as possible to discuss your potential eligibility for GI Bill Benefits through the VA or Tuition Assistance from your branch of service. Interested veterans can take this step without committing to starting the program.