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9 September 2017
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Students in Maharishi University of Management's Regenerative Organic Agriculture Certificate program started selling the fruits of their harvest at the Fairfield Farmers Market just a few months after they began working on the student farm.
The 10-month certificate program began in January with students taking classes in business, soil science, and biodynamic agriculture. In early spring, they started seeds in the greenhouse, then planted their crops on the plots at the new Petra Stanley Regenerative Organic Agriculture Center north of the MUM campus in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.
''We learn the practical experience of farming, and then with the farmers market the business aspect as well,'' said student Mike Dwyer. ''It's a really good program. You don't get this full experience elsewhere.'' Armando Castillo chose MUM because of the Transcendental Meditation technique, the healthy lifestyle, and Consciousness-Based education. ''I felt like I could get a lot of growth done to set me on my way,'' he said.
''The purpose of this course is to create an army of future farmers who can redesign and restructure the current food and agriculture systems,'' said Dr. Appachanda Thimmaiah, director of the program. ''Graduates . . . will have confidence to farm or start their own business in regenerative organic agriculture.''
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