UMass ONLINE classes begin in one week. One that you might be particularly interested in is: STOCKSCH 290C – Land Use Policy and Sustainable Farming Online
(if the link above isn’t working, just cut and paste: http://sustfoodfarm.org/online-classes/land-use-policy/)
This class is taught by Robert Wagner, Senior Policy Analyst for American Farmland Trust. The course will provide students with an opportunity to explore the political, economic and societal forces that influence land use decisions, an understanding of the history of land use policies and planning in the U.S. as they relate to agriculture, a working knowledge of current land use policies and programs tied to agriculture and farming, and an opportunity through case studies to dissect and debate land use issues and conflicts surrounding agriculture.
The UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture is also offering 5 other classes during the first summer session (May 19th-June 27th, 2014): Botany for Gardeners; Agricultural Chemistry; Organic Gardening and Farming; Community Food Systems; and Sustainable Agriculture.