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Agriculture

Agriculture -1-pcpLead grassroots efforts to fight hunger in a changing world. Agricultural volunteers work with small-scale farmers and families to increase food security and production and adapt to climate change while promoting environmental conservation practices. They introduce farmers to techniques that prevent soil erosion, reduce the use of harmful pesticides, and replenish the soil. They work alongside farmers on integrated projects that often combine vegetable gardening, livestock management, agroforestry and nutrition education.

If you choose Agriculture, take three courses from one of the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Geology

Suggested courses (courses in any of majors listed above can count for PC Prep work in the Agriculture sector):

  • BIOL 111 Ecological Biology
  • BIOL 112 Cells, Genes, and Inheritance
  • BIOL 226 Biological Diversity
  • BIOL 362 Biology of Insects
  • BIOL 410 Applications of GIS
  • BIOL 460 Plant Cell Biology
  • ENSU 141 Environment, Society and Sustainability
  • ENSU 151 Environment, Science and Sustainability
  • ENSU 341 Climate Change Adaptation
  • ENSU 353 Environmental Applications
  • GEOL 201 Earth and Environment
  • GEOL 316 Geochemistry and Environmental Change
  • GEOL 430 Water
  • GEOL 431 Soils & Sustainable Agriculture

Agriculture -2-pcpAnd build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity such as:

  • Working with a large-scale or family-run business involving vegetable gardening, farming, nursery work, tree planting or care, urban forestry, landscaping, livestock care and management, or fish cultivation and production
  • Teaching or tutoring the public in environmental or agricultural issues/activities
  • Working on the business management or marketing side of a commercial farm

Examples include, but are not limited to the following volunteer opportunities:

  • Cardinal Greenway
  • Cope Environmental Center
  • Hayes Arboretum
  • Joseph Moore Natural History Museum
  • City of Richmond, Parks & Rec Department
  • Earlham Environmental Action Coalition
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Miller Farm
  • United Way
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