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Peace Corps Volunteer Prep Program

Projects: Agriculture


Lead grassroots efforts to fight hunger in a changing world. Agricultural Volunteers work with small-scale farmers and families to increase food security and production and adapt to climate change while promoting environmental conservation practices. They introduce farmers to techniques that prevent soil erosion, reduce the use of harmful pesticides, and replenish the soil. They work alongside farmers on integrated projects that often combine vegetable gardening, livestock management, agroforestry, and nutrition education.

Agriculture Projects

More information to come …

Here’s What You Will Need To Study …

If you choose Agriculture, take two courses from the sub-area of Natural Sciences and take one course from the sub-area of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies:

Note: Some courses have prerequisites.Your adviser can assist you with appropriate course sequences.

Agricultural Related Natural Sciences: Take two courses from this group

  • BY 201: Introduction to Biotechnology
  • BY 214: Botany
  • BY 220: Environmental Biology and Policy
  • BY 221: Introduction to Global Sustainability (Also listed as PS 223)
  • CE 220: Environmental Chemistry

Agricultural Related Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies: Take one course from this group

  • AN 383: Environmental Biology and Policy
  • GIS 375: Applications in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • PR 413: Population Dynamics and a Sustainable Future
  • PR 496: Plant Biotechnology and Society
  • PY 404: Animal Behavior
  • PY 411: Animal Behavior Internship

… and Build 50 Hours of Related Field Experience through an Activity such as:

    • Working with a large-scale or family-run business involving vegetable gardening, farming, nursery work, tree planting or care, urban forestry, landscaping, livestock care and management, or fish cultivation and production
    • Teaching or tutoring the public in environmental or agricultural issues/activities
    • Working on the business management or marketing side of a commercial farm

Below are some examples for related volunteer experience at MU:

  • Allaire Community Farm provides MU students with internship opportunities working with its founders on the marketing and business management of its 22.5 picturesque acres.
  • Our close partnership with the Monmouth and Ocean County Food Bank provides students with volunteer and internship opportunities to assist with alleviating hunger and building food security in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Students can also help out in their volunteer garden.