The Civic Agriculture and Food Systems minor embodies a commitment to developing and strengthening an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable agriculture and food systems through building community capacity, using local resources, and serving local markets and citizens. It is designed to promote academic enhancement, personal growth, and civic engagement while strengthening students’ capacity to learn about civic agriculture and food systems through the practice of reflection and experiential learning to solve real-world problems. The CAFS minor provides students with knowledge and skills to identify, examine, apply, and integrate agriculture and food system sustainability philosophies and activities into personal and professional practice.
The curriculum is designed around the following core values:
What makes this minor unique is its commitment to serving students from all degree programs at Virginia Tech. The CAFS minor uses interdisciplinary approaches to curriculum development and teaching and provides students experiential learning opportunities with diverse community partners.
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Students in the minor receive a richer experience though of the generosity of community partners who provide the students with service-learning experiences.
12 credits plus 6 elective credits