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Farm and Ranch Equipment
This course is an introduction to farm and ranch equipment appropriate for small-scale agriculture from hand tools to tractors and implements, including how to safely operate and maintain equipment. This course will involve formulation and implementation of maintenance schedules for equipment including basic repair, lubrication, adjustment and tractor safety and operation training. How to select...

Farm and Ranch Shop Skills I
This course covers fundamentals of shop skills used in agricultural processes applicable towards maintenance and repair of farm facilities and equipment. Topics include arc welding, oxyacetylene cutting and welding, drawing and planning projects, tool maintenance, metal working, woodworking, plumbing and concrete. Upon completion, students should be able to answer theoretical questions on topics...

Integrated Pest Management for Sustainable Agriculture
This course will survey local agricultural pests, including weeds and diseases and their impact on crops in Central Texas. Emphasis will be placed on building and maintaining healthy soil, plant and insect biological cycles as key to ecological pest control. The course will focus on identification of pest problem and sustainable methods of integrated pest management including cultural,...

Intermediate Beekeeping
This course is for those students who already have some beekeeping experience and/or have taken the introductory beekeeping course. Students will learn more about the hive and become better at the craft. Part of the course will be experiential, hands-on learning with live bees of the hives kept on campus. Other portions of the course will be in a classroom setting. Students must provide their own...

Introduction to Beekeeping
This is an introduction to the art of beekeeping, with an emphasis on natural and organic practices. All students will emerge with enough information and hands on knowledge to start a colony of bees, and resources for answering questions that will arise as a result of beekeeping through the year. We will spend part of our time in the classroom, with a significant portion being hands on...

Introduction to Soil
A study of the physical properties of soil including structure and texture. Topics include the origin and development of soils, the composition of soil horizon, and the interrelationship between soil fertility and plants. Emphasis will be placed on different methods for soil conservation and soil building practices in sustainable agriculture. There will be opportunities for hands on activities...

Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture
This course is designed as an introduction to the concepts and principles associated with sustainable agriculture. The economic, environmental and social aspects of sustainability in agroecosystems will be addressed. This course includes case studies and field trips to connect principles of sustainable agriculture to local farming systems. The students interests and goals in sustainable...

Marketing for the Small Farm
This course will introduce concepts that will help you develop a marketing plan for your dream or actual farming enterprise. Marketing, as it applies to agricultural products -- specialty crops, commodities, meat, dairy and value added -- will be taught through case studies, guest speakers, peer discussion, recommended readings and field trips. In addition to creating a marketing plan, students...

Small Scale Farming
This on-farm course is the hands-on application to the preceding introductory classes in the program. This course will be an experiential introduction to small-scale farming techniques with emphasis on horticultural science including comprehensive and profitable guidelines. Using the Sustainable Agriculture Elgin Campus Farm as our lab we will address organic management practices, crop...

Small Scale Farming Internship
The campus farm internship takes place at the Elgin campus farm with the farm coordinator. An intern would experience the day to day activities involved with cultivating the market garden on 2 acres and improving additional acreage for future crops including 20 acres of the farm that will be for pasture. As the internship progresses from introduction and training, he or she will take on...


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