Experiential Learning Opportunities for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2003: $60,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Coordinator:
Dr. Helene Murray
University of Minnesota

Annual Reports


  • Fruits: berries (strawberries)
  • Additional Plants: ornamentals
  • Animals: poultry
  • Miscellaneous: mushrooms


  • Crop Production: forestry
  • Education and Training: focus group
  • Farm Business Management: community-supported agriculture
  • Production Systems: organic agriculture
  • Sustainable Communities: public policy, sustainability measures


    Student internships in sustainable agriculture provide educational opportunities for experimental learning that deepen students’ appreciation for the complexity of sustainability challenges and the need for broad-based solutions. Each student that completes an internship also contributes to the “What’s Up in Sustainable Agriculture” weekly seminar series which broadens the exposure to more students, faculty and staff as well as others for the variety of experiences and innovations that are going on within the realm of sustainable agriculture.

    Project objectives:

    1. Twelve students will work with faculty advisors and community-based internship hosts on collaborative learning opportunities over three years.
    2. Students will present their internship experiences in the weekly meetings of a campus-based learning community consisting of students, faculty and staff (average 30 participants/ week). The seminar series is known as, “What’s Up in Sustainable Agriculture”.
    3. The steering community will take part in developing evaluation and reflection tools for internships and WUSA seminars.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.