Experiential learning, real-world impact

The Lund Fellows Program for Regenerative Agriculture provides Cornell undergraduate students across disciplines with the opportunity to broaden their perspectives and understanding of natural ecosystems and to learn about ecological and social approaches to agricultural systems.

Working and learning on local farms

The Lund Fellows Program provides students opportunities to gain applied experience working on an agroecological farm and contribute to the farm in meaningful and helpful ways, while learning about the process and considerations involved in managing such an enterprise.

  • We work to spread awareness about the value and mission of agroecological biodynamic, organic, regenerative, and sustainable approaches to farming
  • strengthen relationships between the university and local farms
  • and provide assistance to small farms that could not otherwise fund summer internships

Our commitment to sustainable farming

In the spirit of partnership with local farms, we are committed to ensuring this experience is mutually beneficial for students and farmers. Toward that end, we are dedicated to preparing and supporting our students in ways that enable them to contribute to the work of community partners in meaningful ways.

faculty and graduate students examine perennial grain heads
A man harvesting at a local farm
A group of students listens to a man speaking at a farm

Program requirements

  • Completion of two prerequisite classes that explore aspects of biodynamic, organic, regenerative, and sustainable agriculture & food
  • Completion a one-credit pre-internship spring semester course for Lund Fellows, taught by the Lund Program Coordinator and/or other professionals and potentially including visits to local farms and farmers’ markets
  • Completion of an eight-week summer internship at an approved agroecological farm that is committed to local distribution and inclusiveness where Lund Fellows are expected to work eight hours per day, five days a week (stipend of $6,800)
  • Completion of online and/or in-person check-ins during the internship
  • Completion of writing prompts and on-line discussions during the internship
  • Completion of a one-credit post-internship course held at the start of the fall semester for fellows to share their individual experiences and bring knowledge gained back to the classroom, including the development of a poster and participation in a poster session

Apply to the program

Applications for Summer 2022 are due by February 27 via Experience Cornell (link to each farm's application below). You can reach out to program coordinator cns44 [at] cornell.edu (Carrie Simon) for questions.

Contact us

Rachel Bezner Kerr headshot
Rachel Bezner Kerr

Professor

Department of Global Development

Co-Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Global Development

Rachel Bezner Kerr
Agroecology
Food And Agriculture
Gender
man in field
Matt Ryan

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Soil and Crop Sciences Section

Matt Ryan
Sustainable cropping systems and agroecology
Cover crops and ecological weed management
Organic production
Carrie Simon headshot
Carrie Simon

Program Coordinator, Lund Fellows Program for Regenerative Agriculture

Department of Global Development

Carrie Simon
  • cns44 [at] cornell.edu

Faculty advisory committee

Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman headshot
Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman

Engaged Learning Coordinator

Department of Global Development

Education Minor Director

Department of Global Development

Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman
Community development
Civic engagement
Engaged learning and research
man in apple orchard
Gregory Peck

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Gregory Peck
Tree fruit and hard cider
Organic agriculture and soil health
Climate change
Laurie Drinkwater
Laurie Drinkwater

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Laurie Drinkwater
Agroecology
Soil quality
Nutrient cycling
Anu Rangarajan
Anusuya Rangarajan

Senior Extension Associate and Director, Cornell Small Farm Program

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Anusuya Rangarajan
Fresh market vegetable production
Small farms and sustainable agriculture
Organic and reduced tillage vegetable production
Jenny Kao-Kniffin
Jenny Kao-Kniffin

Associate Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Associate Director

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Jenny Kao-Kniffin
Weed science
Urban ecology
Rhizosphere biology
Jonathan Russell-Anelli
Jonathan Russell-Anelli

Senior Lecturer

School of Integrative Plant Science

Soil and Crop Sciences Section

Jonathan Russell-Anelli
Urban soils
Soil surveys
Spatial arrangement and characterization of soil properties, nutrient and contaminant distribution

In the news

Jeremiah Lazo and fellow interns working in an agriculture field

Spotlight

Lund fellows program supports undergrads and organic agriculture
A new summer internship enables undergraduates across disciplines to learn about organic, restorative and agroecological practices while working at diversified, small-scale farms around New York state.
  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture
  • Organic
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Exhibit

Join us as undergraduates in the Department of Global Development present on their research focused on agriculture and rural development! The poster showcase will highlight experiences from the following students: Engaged learning: Students...
  • Global Development
  • Department of Global Development
  • Lund Fellows