This course is an introduction to carpentry techniques and materials used in constructing items needed in sustainable farming and landscaping. Students will have hands-on class activities designing and constructing various trellis styles for crop production, frames for compost bins, gates, chicken coops, rabbit pens, benches and tables along with other items needed in farming.
This course will give students a broad understanding of the U.S. food system and how what we choose to eat impacts the world in which we live. We will examine the activities, people and resources used in the production of food and the impact on our economy, health and environment. This course is open to all students, the only prerequisite is a desire to better understand your relationship to...
Fundamentals of Building Soil Naturally
In this course students shall learn the basics of building soil naturally with the use of compost and other organic soil amendments. Permaculture methods and sustainable practices will be taught. Students will also have hands on learning opportunities and activities.
Fundamentals of Soil Science
This course covers basic concepts, terminology and applications of soil science. Soil ecosystems will be studied at both microscopic and macroscopic levels. Current soil management practices will be examined. Laboratory topics include soil types, soil mapping, land use and data collection techniques. This course requires two hours of lecture and two hours of lab work per week.
Introduction to Organic Crop Production: Fall Planting
Course topics will include sustainable and organic methods for preparing planting areas and crop management for fall and winter crops. Students will practice the farming methods of keyhole gardening, hoogleculture, and herb spirals for water conservation and space planning. Capital outlay, sources for seeds and materials, and crop record keeping will be discussed. This course will include two...
Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture
This course will provide students with a clearer perspective on the principles, history and practices of sustainable agriculture in our local and global communities. Students will be introduced to the economic, environmental, and social impact of agriculture. Upon completion, students should be able to identify the principles of sustainable agriculture as they relate to basic production practices.
Issues in Sustainable Agriculture
This course provides a clear perspective on the principles, history, and practices of sustainable agriculture in our local and global communities. Students will be introduced to the economic, environmental and social impacts of agriculture. Students will identify and apply the principles of sustainable agriculture as they relate to basic production. Lab work and lecture included.