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Sustainable Food and Farming

Key Info

  • Explore leading-edge alternatives to mainstream agricultural practices and food systems
  • Draw from Dartington's pioneering work in the field of agroforestry
  • Grapple with the challenge of how we can build a thriving and resilient food and farming sector

About this course*

When examining environmental and social sustainability, food systems are key. Sustainable farming practices can regenerate natural resources and rural economies, but they are only feasible if supported by retailers and consumers.

Consumer choices are governed by culture: education, cost, marketing and convenience. In order to create a more sustainable food system, we must first understand the system as a whole. Where are the barriers and opportunities? Where are the entry points for effective change? How can we build a thriving and resilient food and farming sector? What roles will food production and food enterprise play in shaping future food systems?

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Sustainable Food and Farming

The BSc in Sustainable Food and Farming gives you the opportunity to explore leading-edge alternatives to mainstream agricultural practices and food systems through a programme of integrated experiential learning, study alongside expert faculty and practitioners, meaningful work placement, and guided independent projects.

During your time in Schumacher College’s BSc in Sustainable Food and Farming, you will live and learn in a residential community environment on the stunning 1,200-acre Dartington Estate, which has been devoted to exploring sustainable agricultural practices since its establishment in 1925. In 2012, we renewed this focus with a manifesto to develop the estate land as an exemplar of agroecological practice. Most recently, in 2020, Dartington Trust focused its mission on being a centre for regenerative living and learning which fully integrates ecology, social justice, and the arts in an educational context.

Dartington, Totnes and South Devon have a vibrant ethical, local food culture supported by the world-renowned Transition Town Totnes. This setting offers a unique and exciting place from which to explore the future of sustainable food and farming.



Careers and employability

This course has been designed to guide you to and prepare you for entering this exciting sector in a range of roles. The expertise you develop throughout the course will enable you to either work in farming or food business at a managerial level, or in advisory roles for sustainable farming and food businesses. There will also be opportunities for careers for those specialising in sustainable production, environmental protection and agricultural conservation.

Where will I study?

You'll be based on the stunning Dartington Estate - a countryside estate that includes a working dairy farm, Schumacher College’s sustainable growing spaces, numerous examples of permaculture and agroforesty in practice, as well as a traditional English country Deer Park, a range of arable crops, and industry-standard agricultural facilities and machinery. You'll also have access to glasshouses, polytunnels and related resources.

Programme information / apply now

IMPORTANT: Please ensure you consult our Applicant Information for full information on tuition fees and other key information about our courses.

You can then return to this page for programme-specific information and to make your course application.

Applications will open soon. You can register your interest for 2021 using the 'register for updates' facility on this page.

The programme will build upon a strong foundation of theory and study skills in the first year, with subsequent years deepening understanding, developing analytical skills and gaining practical experience in the field and in business. Here is an example of what each year might include (to be confirmed):

In the first year (Level 4)

  • Global Food Systems
  • Environmental & Agricultural Biosciences
  • Agricultural systems (conventional and alternative)
  • Academic & Research Skills
  • Introduction to Agri-food business management

In the second year (Level 5)

  • Practical Research Methods
  • Crop Production Science
  • Animal Production Science
  • Farming without livestock
  • Agri-food Markets
  • Professional placement

In the third year (Level 6)

  • Honours research project
  • Agri-food Business management
  • Agri-food technology
  • Agri-food business strategy
  • Contemporary issues in food and farming

Term Dates – Academic Year 2021 - 2022

TBC

Dr Pavel Cenkl

Pavel has worked for more than two decades in higher education in America and has always been drawn to colleges and universities whose curriculum fully integrates learning with practice and thinking with embodiment.

Having taught and served as Dean for nearly 15 years at Vermont’s Sterling College, Pavel brings a depth of experience to Schumacher College’s unique approach to experiential learning. While pursuing research in ecologically-minded curriculum design and teaching courses in environmental philosophy, Pavel is also a passionate endurance and adventure runner. Over the past five years through a project called Climate Run, Pavel has covered hundreds of miles in the Arctic and subarctic on foot in order to bring attention to the connections between our bodies and the more-than-human world in the face of a rapidly changing climate.

Pavel holds a Ph.D. in English and is the author of many articles, chapters, and two books: Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest: Region, Heritage, and Environment in the Rural Northeast. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2010; and This Vast Book of Nature: Writing the Landscape of New Hampshire's White Mountains, 1784-1911. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2006. He is currently working on a book titled Resilience in the North: Adventure, Endurance, and the Limits of the Human, which threads together personal narrative and observation with environmental philosophy and reflections on what it means to be human.