Introduction

Alfred State College has established the Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) to serve students, faculty, and the community through education, research, and demonstration of organic and sustainable farming practices.

Consistent with the Alfred State College Strategic Plan, COSA's goals are to:

  1. Construct a state of the art sustainably managed certified organic pasture-based dairy, livestock and crop production facility that supports excellence in education, reduces the College’s carbon footprint, uses renewable energy, supports the new baccalaureate program in organic and sustainable agriculture, fosters new enterprises, and develops workforce (ASC Strategic Plan Goal A).
  2. Enhance revenue, raise voluntary contributions, and increase grant-funded research with the diverse enterprises supported by COSA facilities (ASC Strategic Plan Goal B).
  3. Increase availability of educational opportunities to non-traditional students and recruit a larger and more diverse student body majoring in agriculture (ASC Strategic Plan Goal C).
  4. Manage the Alfred State College resources as a model for sustainability in an integrated way that fulfills teaching, research, demonstration, and community relations (ASC Strategic Plan Goal D).