It might sound like an odd subject to major in: organic agriculture. But some of the nation's most elite schools now offer programs designed to help young people who want to become farmers, researchers, or help remediate toxic, poisoned landscapes. Among the schools that offer hands-on and theoretical studies in food production are UC Davis, Oregon State University, Washington State University, Oberlin University and the University of Vermont, along with Cornell University in upstate New York.
Pictured: Students at Cornell take part in an annual urban horticultural planting on campus. This one was called "Creating the Urban Eden: Woody Plant Selection, Design, and Landscape Establishment."