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Certificate in Regenerative Organic Agriculture

A pioneering certificate program

This 9-month certificate-only option is a specialized non-credit, non-degree program that is not eligible for federal financial aid. If you want to pursue an academic degree program with federal financial aid, please see our BA in Regenerative Organic Agriculture or BA in Sustainable Living.

Regenerate the planet, transform our society

Are you ready to help our world make the shift towards sustainable food production? In our Regenerative Organic Agriculture Certificate Program, you’ll get the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to change the world through organic and biodynamic farming.

We take learning beyond the classroom and provide our students with the hands-on farming experience they need to use their skills confidently in the field. As a student, you’ll master organic farming, biodynamic agriculture techniques, and traditional agricultural knowledge from around the world.

If you’re a next-generation organic farmer, a farm-to-table advocate, an urban food activist, or just someone who wants to take your relationship with the planet and sustainable food to the next level, this is the certification program for you. Read more about our program here ➤

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Go beyond sustainability

Our classes go beyond sustainability and ground students in a regenerative systems approach to organic and biodynamic agriculture. Read More ➤

You’ll do more than learn agricultural techniques—you’ll study writing, journalism, environmental advocacy, sustainable community development and more.

Farm how nature would farm

Our classes combine traditional knowledge systems with modern science to teach completely renewable and environmentally-friendly agricultural techniques. Read More ➤

During your time as a student, you’ll learn how to be an environmentally responsible steward of the land by using natural resources that are renewed during the farming process.

Be a food entrepreneur

Through our hands-on approach, you’ll develop a complete seed-to-sale farm system and start selling your own organic produce before you’ve even graduated. Read More ➤

After graduation, you’ll be fully prepared with the practical skills you need for a job on an organic farm—and with the knowledge you need to start your own.

Grow as a person

All students in our program receive free instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique, an evidence-based technique with proven mental, physiological, behavioral, and physical benefits that enable you to learn more efficiently and effectively. Read More ➤

In addition to daily meditation, you’ll learn how to work on a team, use critical thinking skills, farm ethically, and be a global citizen who contributes to our world community in a positive and sustainable way.

International partnerships

We’ve partnered with the some of the top sustainable agriculture associations from around the world, including IFOAM, Demeter, and the Biodynamic Association, to bring you a program that holds international credibility.

Our partnership with these organizations means you’ll be immediately recognized in the field and ready to pursue a career in sustainable agriculture upon completion of your certification.

What you’ll earn:

  • A certificate in Regenerative Organic Agriculture underwritten by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), the Biodynamic Association, Demeter, Agribio, Italy, SD Foundation, India, and Maharishi University of Management.
  • Opportunities to work with a national and international network of institutions specializing in food hub internships, farm-to-table operations, and urban food programs.
  • Apprenticeship opportunities in organic and biodynamic farms in the mainland U.S. and in Nepal, Italy, Costa Rica, Indonesia (Bali), India, Kenya, Uganda, Canada, Hawaii, and more.


The courses to be offered in the certificate program:

  • Science and Technology of Consciousness
  • Crop Production Practices in Organic Agriculture
  • Soil Science
  • How to Prepare Your Organic Field
  • Planting, Plant Care and Maintenance
  • Pest Scouting and Weed Management
  • Harvesting and Succession Planting
  • Cold Season Cropping & Season Extension Methods
  • Long-Term Storage Crops and End of the Season Preparations
  • Capstone

About the program director

sl-thim2The program is lead by Dr. Appachanda Thimmaiah, who has spent his career developing low-cost organic farming solutions worldwide. Dr. Thimmaiah has advised various international organizations, agri-business corporations, governments and NGO’s in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Italy, Holland, and Costa Rica, and facilitated Bhutan’s transition to the world’s first 100% organic and carbon neutral nation.

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Frequently asked questions

For the 9-month program, tuition and fees are $11,530 and housing and meals are $7,400. In addition, international students will need an estimated $3,000 for personal expenses and $2,184 for health insurance.
Arrival day is February 6, 2018, and the first day of class is Monday, February 12. See our academic calendar for more information.
To reserve your spot, please make sure to pay your $500 deposit by January 15. This deposit is nonrefundable but does go towards your total program fee.
To apply to our certificate option, please visit our online application and select “Regenerative Organic Agriculture Certificate.” Start your application here.

If you are enrolled in our program as a 9-month certification course, you will not be taking these courses for college credit.

If you would prefer to take our Regenerative Organic Agriculture Program for college credit as part of a degree program, please see our BA in Regenerative Organic Agriculture or BA in Sustainable Living ➤

If you would prefer to take our Regenerative Organic Agriculture Program for college credit as part of a degree program, please see our BA in Regenerative Organic Agriculture or BA in Sustainable Living ➤

If you wish to learn TM before enrolling, visit to find aTM center near you. All students who haven’t yet learned TM will be instructed during their first week at MUM.

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