Project ID



An ISU graduate class in sustainable agriculture was used to foment student interest in community-based projects related to the heightened interest in Iowa food, fiber and energy enterprises.

Key Question

Can the elements of success in an intensive experiential field course beginning before the start of the fall semester be replicated in a community-based project-focused class taking place during the confines of a traditional semester?


Yes, rather than focusing on many enterprises across multiple communities as in the field course, this class focused on more in-depth engagement in community-based projects by teams of students with expectations adapted to the confines of the semester calendar.

Principal Investigator(s)

Betty L. Wells

Year of Grant Completion