The Regenerative Organic Agriculture Building
In January of 2017, the ten month MUM Regenerative Organic Agriculture* Certificate Program will launch.
The site of this program will be a beautiful 26 acre plot of organic, currently undeveloped farmland just 1/4 mile north of the main MUM campus. We are rapidly transforming a humble but sturdy 5,000 square foot farm building that sits on the property, right next to Route 1, into our new flagship Regenerative Organic Agriculture Center.
The exterior work on the new Center needs to be completed by the end of November / early December. Certain key interior features, like the classroom, need to be finished by February. Others by May, and the rest by harvest time.
We have raised $105,000 towards this $240,000 makeover. The seed capital for this new program came from Jim Schaefer, President, Soil Technologies (a Fairfield-based international company that produces organic inputs and distributes worldwide). Additionally we have secured a significant amount of in-kind contributions, including volunteer skilled labor, tractors and equipment.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The certificate program is being received with great interest and excitement in Iowa and our neighboring states, across the country, and throughout the world. As of November 2016, five graduate students from other high-level universities have already enrolled and applications are pouring in from around the world.
Mr. S.D. Shibulal, the founder and original CIO of Infosys just committed $100,000 in scholarship money to help us draw students from developing countries, including India.
Prof. Thimmaiah, who is spearheading the new program, is arguably the foremost expert in the world on regenerative agriculture as well as biodynamic farming. Prof. Thimmaiah is a prominent leader and figure in many international agricultural organizations, and he is leveraging these contacts to draw students from across the world. The program also benefits from the skilled oversight of Professor John Fagan—our new dean of the Sustainable Living Department.
How to give
Click here and specify in the comments field that your donation is for the Regenerative Organic Agriculture Building Fund, or you can donate by telephone or mail:
Call (641) 472-1180
Make your check payable to MUM.
Add a note on the check or in the letter saying:
“Restricted Donation, Regenerative Organic Agriculture Building”
Maharishi University of Management
1000 North Fourth St.
Fairfield, IA 52557
*Regenerative signifies carbon neutral, as well as organic—the highest and latest trend in sustainable farming.