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* Sustainable Agriculture in Todos Santos, Mexico (Soil and Crop Sciences)
Todos Santos, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall Break,
Spring Break
Budget Sheets Fall Break,
Spring Break
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 11/08/2017
11/10/2017 03/25/2018 03/30/2018
Please Note: the program dates are two weeks later than CSU's Spring Break. You must work with your course instructors to get permission for any courses you may miss.
Fall Break 2018 04/01/2018 04/13/2018 10/21/2018 10/26/2018
Please Note: the program dates will conflict with some courses on campus. You must work with your course instructors to get permission for any courses you may miss.

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Fact Sheet:
Grade Point Average:
2.5
Language(s) of Instruction:
English
Program Coordinator:
Emily Garner Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
Areas of Study:
Agricultural Sciences
Program Description:

Sustainable Agriculture

in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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Program At-a-Glance

WHEN:  Fall 2017: October 21-27, 2017 | Spring 2018: March 25-30, 2018 | Fall 2018: October 21-26, 2018

CREDITS:  All committed students will be registered for AGRI 582A L01 Sustainable Agriculture Lab (1 credit) through CSU's Division of Continuing Education. All tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the fall term.

COST: See Budget Sheet for details.  The program fee includes tuition and fees for 1 credit hour, lodging and most meals, international medical and evacuation insurance, excursions, on-site transportation, and staff support.  Program fees do not include international airfare, some meals, passport fees, and personal spending money.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for scholarships through the Office of International Programs

PROGRAM LEADERS: Adriane Elliott, Instructor, Soil and Crop Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  Minimum 2.5 GPA. Open to graduate and undergraduate students. Previous or concurrent enrollment in AGRI 510 or Instructor approval. Good disciplinary standing. 

Academic Overview

This semester break faculty-led experiential learning program in Todos Santos, Mexico allows students to apply content and concepts learned during the AGRI 510 on-campus course in an international setting. This 1-credit lab course applies fundamental agricultural concepts to complex on-the-ground problems and scenarios.  Students will have the opportunity to practice skills they have been studying about the geographic region by implementing unique, real-time initiatives developed in class to investigate and pursue while in Todos Santos.  Todos Santos and Baja Sur Region Farms and Ranches will serve as the landscape for learning and practicing skills.   Cultural and service opportunities with the local community and youth will also allow students to gain experience in a cross-cultural setting.
 
Course Objectives 
Upon completion of this course a successful student will be able to: 
  • discuss historical/conventional land use practices regionally and worldwide 
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of anthropogenic forcings on ecosystems
  • demonstrate skills in holistic/systems thinking as it applies to agricultural management and planning
  • define sustainable agriculture 
  • compare/contrast the properties of natural ecosystems, and conventional and sustainable ecosystems
  • assess alternative management practices in agroecosystems by evaluating the advantages/disadvantages on environmental quality and sustainability 
  • discuss the principles and strategies of sustainable agriculture
  • prescribe ways of converting to a sustainable system through the redesign of a conventional agroecosystem
  • model the structure and function of agroecosystems in relation to its environment and socioeconomic sectors
  • illustrate how the quality of life for farmers and society may be enhanced in a sustainable system
  • gain skills in cross-cultural communication
  • appreciate diversity and the interconnected nature of agriculture
  • collaborate and think critically during project implementation

Location

Todos Santos is located in beautiful Baja California Sur, just an hour north of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  The quiet town is one mile from beaches on the Pacific Ocean. For more information, click here.

Housing and Meals

Accommodations include shared residence hall rooms in the CSU Todos Santos Center.  Breakfast will be served at the center daily. Lunches will be provided Monday through Friday. 
 
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