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.
- Completion of two prerequisite classes that explore aspects of biodynamic, organic, regenerative, and sustainable agriculture and food systems (as determined by program administration)
- Completion of a one-credit spring semester course for Lund Fellows, taught by CALS faculty 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
- Completion of a post-internship seminar program held at the start of the fall semester for fellows to share their individual experiences and bring knowledge gained back to the classroom, including a brief written paper summarizing what each fellow learned from their internship
Apply to the program
Applications are accepted for the program during the spring semester for a summer placement via Experience Cornell. Stay tuned for summer 2022 applications. You can reach out to faculty co-leads rbeznerkerr [at] cornell.edu (Rachel Bezner Kerr) or mrr232 [at] cornell.edu (Matt Ryan) for questions.
Faculty advisory committee
Senior Extension Associate and Director, Cornell Small Farm Program
School of Integrative Plant Science