School of Agriculture
The LdM School of Agriculture in Tuscania aims to unite traditional and innovative methods of sustainable and environmentally responsible agriculture through a holistic approach. Being part of the School of Agricultural studies means learning from highly trained and qualified educators while engaging with the local community. Central Italy is a bountiful and beautiful area, with high standards of quality for food and the environment. LdM students gain the tools and knowledge to link the environmental, social and cultural management of natural resources to preserve biodiversity.
The School of Agricultural Studies curriculum relies not only on practical applications but on the study of the social and cultural implications concerning everything from the food supply to cultivation to forestry management. Each course takes into consideration the social, scientific, economic and ethical approach to nature and our place within it.
LdM offers an in-depth study of organic agriculture via an understanding of agronomy, management and operational techniques intended to encourage quality and productivity. Further to this, the effects of water shortage and climate change are addressed regarding the economic and cultural challenges which are now facing communities on a global scale. Also examined is the multi-functionality of different types of farms and how they contribute to the needs of rural populations. A focus on the importance of landscaping gives students a solid understanding of the natural landscape of the Mediterranean region, while a study of forest management analyzes the importance of woodlands from a cultural, social and scientific point of view. Through experiential learning, students have the opportunity to work side-by-side with local farmers to gain invaluable knowledge on production methods, from cultivating in the spring and olive harvesting and pressing in the fall.
There are many opportunities for those who study agriculture at LdM. Careers can be found not only in farming, economics, land management, forestry and horticulture, but working with governments and NGOs to eradicate food poverty and teach communities sustainable self-sufficient farming methods.