March 1, 2015: It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Dale Hess who developed and directed the Agroecology Summer Intensive. More information here.

Agroecology Summer Intensive will be offered this summer with an excellent set of professors and Jon Zirkle serving as Interim Director for Agroecology.  More details can be found on this site or by contacting Jon Zirkle

We are now accepting applications for the 2015 Agroecology Summer Intensive at Merry Lea, which will run between June 1 and July 31.  Click here to learn more about the application process.  

Agroecology Summer Intensive videos and slideshows by ASI students 

Angela Herrmann, 2010                     video by Christina Gomez, 2014


The Agroecology Summer Intensive (ASI) is a residential program based at Rieth Village, the undergraduate collegiate programming center of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center.  The ASI is the keystone of the agroecology track in Goshen College’s environmental science major.  However. the Agroecology Summer Intensive is open to students of all majors and welcomes students from other colleges who can transfer earned credits to their home institutions.  A certificate program is open to individuals who desire the experience but don’t need the college credit.

Why is the ASI so broadly relevant?  Agroecology - small scale sustainable agriculture with its emphasis on biological systems  - is an important part of the growing effort to make human activities compatible with natural ecosystems.  ASI students not only learn about growing food, but also gain practical life skills while engaging in interdisciplinary learning. 

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