Northern Michigan University’s Indoor Agriculture Associate Degree is a collaborative approach among multiple departments and academic programs to create the first known higher education interdisciplinary indoor agriculture program. The program will provide students with hands-on, exploration-based learning of indoor agriculture, associated growing, and environmental infrastructure systems. Growing climate and population concerns underscore the need for efficient and sustainable farming practices to help reduce depletion of resources. Adaptation of indoor, urban farming models to northern climates in multiple structure and building types in order to provide fresh, local food sourcing year-round highlights this program’s push for sustainability.
Students in this indoor agriculture program will have the opportunity to contribute diverse perspectives and become a part of the solution.
You will learn about:
- Different growing systems: hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics
- Cutting edge indoor growing space design and construction, climate-control systems and facility functions
- Plant biology and their chemical and nutritional makeup
- Basic business and accounting practices to manage or own an operation
- How to reduce food insecurity, develop sustainable, pesticide-free food systems and integrate diverse perspectives to solve a growing, global food crisis