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Agriculture Courses

Beekeeping 101
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...

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 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 hands-on 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,...

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...


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