Published: February 1, 2022

Category: Organic News

The Organic Farming Program of Delaware Valley University (DelVal) has received a major investment—a grant from the William Hearst Foundation. The funds will enable the school to offer summer programming for the Organic Farming Certificate Program (OFCP) and boost marketing for the Organic Farming Program. The OFCP is prioritizing the next generation of organic farmers and professionals, with special attention to military veterans.

DelVal is known for its “science with practice” hands-on philosophy. The Organic Farming curriculum includes basic organic field crop, vegetable, and livestock farming practices. It also includes the National Organic Standards; soil health and compost production; entrepreneurship and business training; financial and risk management training; diversification and marketing strategies; farm safety; and awareness of the impact of our current food systems on the environment and human health.

“The funding will directly help the students and we’ll be able to hire more help at the Roth Farm, where Bryce Cannon, Manager at Roth, will be able to spend more time helping students learn foundational farming skills,” said Dr. Jacqueline Ricotta, plant science professor. “You can’t learn these skills in the classroom.”

In addition, the grant will foster student participation in regional farming conferences—important for developing networks with organic farmers.

Source: Delaware Valley University

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