Certificate in Regenerative Organic Agriculture
A pioneering certificate program
Our 10-month certificate program is specifically tailored to those who want to complete their study of regenerative organic agriculture quickly and without completing a college degree program. This certificate-only option cannot be taken for college credit.
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 ➤
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 ➤
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 ➤
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 ➤
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.
About the program director
The 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.
The program consists of four parts:
- 4 Courses (Jan 15 – Apr 26)
Planning an Organic FarmStudents will study and research multiple bio-diverse farm business operations and farm business strategies for success. They will envision, plan and create their own farm business model. Students will learn the different components of a successful business plan and integrate the course lessons with their own personal vision to create a viable, actionable business plan.
Consciousness and Dilemmas of 21st Century in Food and AgricultureThis course explores the philosophy behind biodynamic agriculture, how it relates to Vedic philosophy, and how these philosophies can be applied to modern agricultural dilemmas to create conscious solutions.
Soil ScienceIn this course, students will learn about soil formation, soil physics, chemistry and biology, nutrient cycles and flows, creating and managing high-quality soils.
Biodynamic AgricultureThis course covers the general principles and practices of biodynamic agriculture, understanding farm as a living whole ‘a living organism’ and creating closed loop self-sufficient farm. Students will also learn soil fertility, crop rotation, cover crops and green manures, biodynamic preparations, biodiversity, pest and weed control, use of lunar calendar in farming, as well as organic and biodynamic agriculture certification standards.
- 6 Months Field Work (Apr 30 – Oct 26)
How To Prepare Your Organic FieldStudents will learn how to prepare fields and build soils naturally before planting crops and will become acquainted with no-dig growing, green manures, cover crops, crop rotation, irrigation, and transplanting techniques for different types of crops. Students will learn how to properly use different tools and implements.
Planting, Plant Care and MaintenanceThis course acquaints students with global issues on seeds and the importance of heirloom seeds. They will learn to identify different types of seeds, such as heirloom or open pollinated seeds, hybrid seeds, and GMO seeds. Students will gain hands-on experience starting seeds indoors and sowing seeds using different techniques.
Pest Scouting and Weed ManagementStudents will learn about different methods of pest management, such as physical techniques and cultural practices like companion planting, trap cropping, mixed cropping, and biological approaches. They will learn how to use plant-based permitted inputs, natural predators, and parasites to their advantage.Students will learn about physical properties of soil (like profile and texture), chemical properties of soil (pH, cation exchange capacity), soil water, air, temperature, organic matter and humus, nutrient elements, organic manures, liquid formulations, and bio-inoculants.
Cold Season Cropping and Season ExtensionStudents will learn about cold season cropping and season extension.
Long-Term Storage Crops and End of Season PreparationsStudents will learn how to store crops long-term and how make preparations at the end of the season.
- 1 Month Apprenticeship (Oct 29 – Nov 23)This one-month apprenticeship trains students for specific jobs and builds career confidence. The host organization will mentor and guide the students. Apprenticeships are available in mainland U.S. and Nepal, Italy, Costa Rica, Indonesia (Bali), India, Kenya, Uganda, Canada, Hawaii, and more.
- Local Farm Incubation (Post Course Opportunity)Graduates interested in staying in the area after graduation and furthering their farm operation experience may enroll for the Farm Incubation Program. Organic certified farmland at Maharishi Vedic City (just north of Fairfield, Iowa) will be leased to graduates of the Regenerative Organic Agriculture Certificate Program. They can operate the leased land as their own farm business, selling their produce to MUM and to local consumers and retail outlets.
Frequently asked questions
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Can I take these courses for college credit?
If you are enrolled in our program as a 10-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 visit our degree program homepage ➤
Can MUM students complete this program as part of their undergraduate degree?
Do I have to know Transcendental Meditation before I take this program?
If you wish to learn TM before enrolling, visit www.tm.org to find aTM center near you. All students who haven’t yet learned TM will be instructed during their first week at MUM.