The focus of these programs is on the triangular interface between agriculture, natural ecosystems, and urban areas. Students increase their understanding of not only the function and productivity of on-farm agricultural systems, but also increase their scientific knowledge of broad spatial agricultural issues including:
- Regional water allocation conflicts
- Urban-rural conflicts
- Community foodshed
- Geospatial analysis of agricultural resources and ecosystem impacts
The fragile Everglades covers most of South Florida and is impacted by the pressure from the growing population of the nearby urban areas. Productive agricultural lands are necessary to provide for the increasing population, which in turn puts more pressure on the natural areas. Because Miami is so dependent on these areas, the program facilitates the study of the relationship between natural, agricultural and urban spaces.