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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Camphill Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

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Introduction to Social Agriculture


45 hours (variable – over several weeks).

Camphill Village, USA, Copake, NY; instructor-led individual study at various locations across North America.

September 2019 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Mentor-facilitated Independent Study
Workshop Intensive
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: define social agriculture in the context of Camphill or other anthroposophical life-sharing communities; describe many aspects of the role and task of the social farmer in both the land and home contexts; assist with the set up and support a festival related activity and/or other social event; explain the role of rhythms in promoting health and well-being; describe and practice attitudes appropriate towards people with special needs; summarize the history of Camphill and its aims; relate the role of inner development and contemplative practice in social agriculture; support others, with supervision; discuss aspects of the history of disability; describe and identify the underlying aspects of soil formation (rock/subsoil/topsoil), the various types of soils (clay, silt, sand), and of humus creation; use a broad range of approaches to soil fertility (crop rotation, green manure, compost, manures, bd preparations, animal stocking level for the farm organism); use different cultivation methods to adapt to the soil conditions; describe and identify different types of compost (manure, vegetable, liquid) and explain the process of making and caring for it; operate safely and appropriately farm-based machinery. 


This course aims to give students the tools to create social change by building community through agriculture and to engage individuals of all cultures and ranges of abilities in transformative processes in land-based work.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate / associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Inclusive Social Development, Social Agriculture, Social Work, Agriculture, Environmental Studies (10/20).