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IVC Organic Farm

IVC Organic Farm and Garden

IVC Organic Farm and Garden Farm Stand is open every Wednesday rain or shine - 10am - 3pm, plase bring your own bag.

Environmental Landscaping and Organic Farming

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The flagship organic farm and teaching garden, launched spring 2009, is a place to grow good soil, food, and farmers. Patterned after successful teaching farms at universities in Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, San Diego, and Fresno, the farm is part of an initiative developed from a countywide commitment to teach Marin residents about the valuable role of agriculture in Marin County, and to promote local food systems. It is the only teaching farm in the county. The project is the result of a long feasibility study conducted in collaboration with College of Marin, the Conservation Corps North Bay, UC Cooperative Extension, Marin Master Gardeners, Marin Community Foundation, and the Marin County Board of Supervisors. Over 29 local farmers and private and public contributors provide support to the farm.

In February 2010, the 5.8-acre farm project was selected by Washington D.C.-based Corps Network as a Project of the Year for its outstanding accomplishments in the category of Pathways to Achievement – Post-Secondary, Training and Credentialing Partnerships. The award honored Corps projects that succeed in creating career ladders for corps members through effective partnerships with community colleges. Selected projects serve as models for the country. The farm was one of six projects chosen from 143 across the country.

Students learn about soils, agriculture methods, and complementary business methods in specialized workshops, career certificate, and degree programs. Core courses address the fundamentals of plant selection and propagation, landscape, farm and garden design, installation, irrigation, and maintenance. Time-tested and newly developed technologies in organic landscape, farming, and gardening, are taught side-by-side in both indoor and outdoor settings. Courses are designed to meet the needs of the expanding organic landscape, farming, and gardening industry. Both industry professionals and home gardeners participating in the program use the farm as a teaching lab. The pilot class–which was not listed in the class schedule–was over-enrolled by the second meeting. Since then, the "Principals and Practices of Organic Farming and Gardening" have all filled immediately.

The program offers four classes every semester. Environmental Landscape program enrollment grew more than three-fold the first year the farm was established. The movement toward more sustainable practices, organic farming, and development of local food systems means the program participants become key contributors and leaders to the rapid growth of the sustainable landscape, farming, and gardening industries.

For information, contact:

Julie Oyle
Department Assistant
415.883.2211 ext. 8200
Julie.Oyle@marin.edu

Nanda Schorske
Dean of Workforce Development
College and Community Partnerships
415.883.2211 ext. 8108
Nanda.Schorske@marin.edu

 


Indian Valley Campus Website
Technical Contact: Julie Oyle, Department Assistant, 415.883.2211 ext. 8200
Content Responsible: Nanda Schorske, Dean of Workforce Development, College and Community Partnerships, 415.883.2211 ext. 8108