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Cultivate Your Future with Our Organic Farming Program


Posted on June 27, 2016 by Delaware Valley University.

If you’re passionate about fresh produce and sustainable agriculture, Delaware Valley University offers a unique, 36-credit organic farming program to enhance your green thumb. This one-year certificate program was created through a partnership with the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, and prepares students for a fruitful career in sustainable farming.

If you wish to enroll in our organic farming program, here’s an overview of what you’ll learn. 

Organic Farming at DelVal: An Overview

During our one-year organic farming program, students learn to produce food in ways that restore, maintain and enhance the natural ecosystem—without the commitment of going to school full time. Students can complete their coursework on a part- or full-time basis and can even apply it toward other agriculture bachelor degree programs at DelVal. 

Students spend two semesters studying at DelVal, one summer at the Rodale Institute and cover a variety of topics. Whether you’re interested in commercial vegetable production or principles of sustainable agriculture, DelVal’s organic farming program goes over everything you need to know.

View our full schedule of courses here

About the Rodale Institute Summer Courses

During the Rodale Institute’s summer session, students study soil biology, plant health management and apply what they’ve learned during an on-site practicum. This program emphasizes experiential learning, so don’t be afraid to dig in and get your hands dirty. However, it’s important to note that these classes must be completed over the course of one summer. 

For more than 60 years, the Rodale Institute has been researching and educating the public on the benefits of organic farming. Their 333-acre farm promotes biodiversity, soil biological activity and biological cycles to minimize the use of off-farm inputs. 

Graduating from the Program

Upon completing the program, students will have the skills, knowledge and experience they need to start a small-scale organic farm or work for another organic operation. Our program also offers assistance with job placement and business planning to help students transition to organic farming careers.

Find Out More

DelVal is a proud Yellow Ribbon School, and our approved non-degree certificate organic farming program is open to veterans who wish to use their educational benefits.  

If you’re interested in an organic farming career, DelVal’s organic farming certificate program could be a good place to start. We’re happy to answer your questions, so contact us online if you’d like to learn more. For immediate assistance, call DelVal directly at 800.2.DelVal.

Thanks for reading this post! We hope you enjoyed learning about the unique learning opportunities available through the DelVal organic farming program. For more interesting posts like this, read our blog, which discusses the latest news and events happening at DelVal.