The GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project welcomes activity from faculty, staff, students, student clubs, and community members who wish to study or contribute to the systems in place at the SAP through formal coursework and research or informal projects. We envision the Sustainable Agriculture Project as an integrated, locally-based, small-scale (non-industrial) agricultural system for teaching and learning in the broadest sense. The proposers should address the impact of their project on the social, educational, environmental, economic, and aesthetic systems at the SAP both in the short and long term. As stated in the mission statement, the SAP fulfills many functions. All projects should strive to minimize negative impact of any of these functions and, ideally, positively impact at least one.
Please submit a proposal for resource use if:
You are a:
Interested in developing a project involving the SAP, including:
And the project will be housed at the farm and/or require labor from farm interns for more than one academic year. The farm manager may approve projects on a short-term (less than one academic year) basis.
A. Show how the project aligns with the SAP mission.
Proposers should clearly show how the project goals contribute to the mission of the SAP by contributing to existing projects or by expanding the diversity of projects at the SAP and how it helps students and the broader community learn the major characteristics/attributes of sustainable small-scale agriculture.
In addition, the proposers should explain how the systems in place at the SAP make it the best setting at GVSU for carrying out the project.
B. Show evidence of involvement of the SAP community in the project design:
Every working farm is a community with its own practices and procedures. We invite you to consult with any member of the SAP community to help you understand that community as you develop your proposal. You should address to what extent your project design involves consultation or collaboration with students, staff, faculty and/or Farm Club at the SAP. Projects which have been designed with input from the staff, students or faculty and/or farm club involved in the SAP will have higher priority.
C. Show a positive impact and lack of negative impact on the other uses of the SAP:
Outline the specific elements of your project (i.e. what you propose to do, and how you will do it). Be explicit about the relationships between your project and the social, educational, environmental, economic and aesthetic systems of the SAP. Projects which negatively affect these systems, or the relationships between them, are less likely to be approved. Thus it is important to thoroughly address how the proposed project will affect current users and community members at the SAP. Questions such as these should be addressed where relevant for your particular project:
D. Include a brief bibliography
Upon completion of the project, you should submit a brief report of the project, including images if applicable, along with appropriate permissions to make the project public, to the SAP Academic Coordinator for inclusion in the project repository.