Year: 
2019
Project Leader: 
Mark Williams and Lee Meyer
Department/Program: 
Sustainable Agriculture, Horticulture, and Agricultural Economics
Funding Received: 
$900

All Sustainable Ag majors take a capstone course, SAG 490. The goal of this course is to help students integrate their education experience and enhance their ability t ocritically analyze farming operations from the perspectives of the three pillars of agricultural sustainability- environment, economy, and community. An essential element of SAG 490 is a spring break trip outside of Kentucky, where the students visit farms and related operations dramatically different from their past experiences. Students are expected to interview farmers and organization personnel and observe all aspects of the operation. Upon their return, they write one-page papers for each stop, including a summary and critical analysis of its sustainability. Past spring break trips have been to more than 15 states, and even Washington, D.C.. While students are expected to pay a portion of the cost of the trip, the cost exceeds the ability of many to pay. We use a variety of grant sources to make this trip available to all of our Sustainable Ag students.