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 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.

Contact us

Rachel Bezner Kerr
Rachel Bezner Kerr

Professor

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
Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman

Education Minor Coordinator and Senior Extension Associate

Department of Global Development

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

Assistant Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Horticulture Section

Gregory Peck
Tree fruits
Hard cider
Organic production
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