The Berry Center

The Wendell Berry Farming Program

Established in 2012, The Berry Farming Program provides future farmers with an education in agrarian thought and practice that is holistic and place-based. Our curriculum applies Wendell Berry’s writing to learning, and is designed to serve students from generational farm families, rural communities, and urban agrarians around the nation.

In partnership with Vermont’s Sterling College, we will begin to offer courses in Henry County, Kentucky, in fall 2018. The Berry Farming Program of Sterling College will offer upper- division undergraduate work as well as educational training courses for members of our community. Under collaborative course development between The Berry Center and Sterling College, students will work with renowned agrarian leaders, including businesses, farm and food organizations, and local farmers. In contrast to the dominant industrial approach to agricultural education, The Berry Farming Program is drawing tangible connections between education, communities, and the land.

Prospective students interested in learning more about the Wendell Berry Farming Program, should note that Sterling College will be applying for permission to add an additional instructional site in Kentucky with NECHE, our regional accreditor, and simultaneously seeking licensure to offer academic programing in the Commonwealth of Kentucky through the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Updates on this process will be periodically shared on this webpage.

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