Upon successful completion of the program students earn 3 academic credits from Unity College and an Apprenticeship Certification from MOFGA. In addition to the MOFGA Apprenticeship requirements, students will complete a minimum of 180 hours on-site and academic coursework. Academic work will be reviewed and graded by the Unity College Sustainable Agriculture Field Experience Faculty Sponsor.
Dates: Summer 2014
This program is primarily geared toward Summer 2014 MOFGA apprentices. Unity College Sustainable Agriculture students as well as students from high schools and colleges with sustainable agriculture programs would also benefit from this course.
Deliverables and Learning Outcomes
- Learn about and reflect on sustainable agriculture practices.
- Learn why sustainable agriculture practices are important to local food systems.
- Gain the ability to communicate with the public through outreach at the Common Ground Fair.
- Explore their own attitudes about sustainable agriculture and food systems.
- Explore their feelings about food security and organic practices.
- Produce produce.
- Become certified as a MOFGA Apprentice.
Doug Fox has been teaching agriculture courses—from landscape horticulture to arboriculture to organic gardening to forestry—at Unity College since 1991. His passion is to help students realize a partnership with nature so that they both can thrive. In graduate school, Doug studied both silviculture (i.e., how to grow forests) and the energy economics of harvesting wood for fuel. Doug has been instrumental in facilitating the introduction of locally grown organic food into the Unity College cafeteria as well as constructing on-campus greenhouses. He enjoys working collaboratively and creatively with students developing new ideas and prototypes related to agriculture.