What is sustainable agriculture? Innovative farming practices that promote profitability, stewardship of the land, air and water, and quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and their communities over the long term. This holistic approach to agriculture involves integrated plant and animal production systems with site-specific applications (SARE, 2012).
The Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Program offers sustainable agriculture training and outreach services with support from Clemson Extension and the USDA Southern region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) programs.
Priority areas for training are determined by stakeholders through annual public open forum and advisory committee meetings. The program advisory committee is comprised of farmers, 1862 and 1890 Extension personnel, governmental agency and NGO representatives, and others with an interest in sustainable agriculture development. Past meeting minutes and a prioritized list of the current year's training needs, determined by the Advisory Committee, can be found here.
Professor Geoff Zehnder, in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, currently serves as Program Coordinator to direct the statewide Sustainable Agriculture and Integrated Pest Management Programs for Clemson University. These programs provide comprehensive training in sustainable/organic agriculture for farmers, Extension agents and other agriculture professionals.
Dr. Zehnder also initiated and directs the Clemson University Student Organic Farm, a working certified organic farm on Clemson campus that serves as a resource for experiential learning in sustainable agriculture and organic farming.
Making Cover Crops Work in No-Till Vegetable Production - April 19th (Charleston) & May 11th (Clemson)
High Value Forages Field Day at Johnson Creek Farms - April 28th (Iva) More info and register
Soil Health and Cover Crops Workshop - June 1st (Columbia)
IPM Training - August 15th (Columbia)
Post Harvest Handling Equipment and Processing - TBD
Small Farm Equipment Operation and Maintenance - TBD
Student Organic Farm Ranks Among Nation's Best College Farms
Top 30 Sustainable College Run Farms
Growing Room for Local Farms
Clemson Awarded $175,000 Grant for Cover Crop Research
Sparking the Imagination of the Next Generation of Farmers
Clemson Awarded Grant to Bring Renewable Energy Knowledge to Farms