Cross posted from the White House Rural Champions of Change website:
Linda Barnes is a professor of biology at the Marshalltown Community College and also an organic farmer. She founded the Sustainable and Entrepreneurial Agriculture Program at MCC, which is the first associate degree program in sustainable agriculture in the Midwest. The program focuses on improving attitudes related to sustainable agriculture due to their practical, hand-on focus and local connections.
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This is great and certainly part of a trend to train the next generation of growers. Like Dr. Barnes, there is a small group of farmer-teachers here in Minnesota who have started a new program called the Sustainable Food Production program at M-State in Fergus Falls (however, we're a 1-year diploma program instead of Associate degree)