About the Center For Sustainable Organic Agriculture
We’re a new nonprofit school training tomorrow’s agribusiness leaders. Our model of sustainable, organic agriculture is based on time honored techniques that can be used to grow chemical free food anywhere, protect our soil and water, and support a broad spectrum of successful businesses.
We’re partnering with local schools, including Mount Saint Charles Academy and the University of Rhode Island, businesses, environmental organizations, and government agencies to produce experts with the skills to sustain American agribusiness and meet the growing need for safe, fresh food. We work with students of all ages.
“We are a model of what can be done in communities across the country,” says Frank Jacques, the founder of the Center for Sustainable Organic Agriculture.
The CFSOA is located at historic Buxton Hollow Farm, which is licensed to recycle organic waste and convert it to compost. Our solar powered, geothermal-heated campus has five working greenhouses and a lecture hall housed in an expansive geodesic dome.
Our students get classroom, field, and lab experience on a 27-acre family farm with roots in sustainable agriculture dating to the 18th century. They leave with the skills to run successful agribusinesses, from soil science to energy efficient green-house design, from nursery management to organic composting operations, herbal production , aquaponics and hydroponics, and much more.