Small Scale Farming

Course Section ID:
HALT-2021-100
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Course Description

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 Student Organic Farm at the Elgin campus as our lab we will address organic management practices of specialty crops, including: crop planning, field preparation, greenhouse management, daily cultivation responsibilities, irrigation, harvest and post-harvest handling. Topics include herbs, fruit, nut and vegetable crop production as well as planning strategies for efficiencies and profit building. 2016 marks the first year of the campus farm and this group of students will be a part of creating the initial systems and infrastructure at a raw site that has been a hay field for decades. Additional filed trips off site will be held on an alternate day of the week to visit unique local small farm systems. These field trips will complete the course hours. Exact days and times TBD with the group. This course will involve working on the Student Organic Farm, outdoors in cold and very warm temperatures and at times will involve frequent sitting, standing, bending at the waist, crouching, squatting, lifting heavy objects with assistance when needed, and some repetitive motions. Expect to get dirty, laugh, and have fun outside as we build our campus farm.

For questions regarding this course, please contact Evelyn Rosas.

Meet The Instructor

Evelyn Rosas

Years ago I switched paths from law office to farm. I learned to love working with the soil and selling produce on a farm in Austin, TX. Since that time I've worked on various farms from Texas to California and growing in roles from apprentice to farm manager. My dedication to sustainable agriculture has led me to become an organic inspector and become an educator in this field. I'm extremely happy to return to Austin to be able to work with ACC and our area farmers to provide quality training and resources to aspiring agricultural entrepreneurs in Central Texas! Our food system needs us. We need more farmers and more folks dedicated to land stewardship, improving the farmer quality of life and our farm ties to the community.

I have a BA from the University of Chicago and a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from UC Santa Cruz CASFS Farm and Garden.

Course Information

September 15th - December 20th
16 Weeks Total
WF @ 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
80.00 Total Hours
Course Instructor
3 Students Registered
7 Seats Available

Course Registration

Course Cost Breakdown:
Base Cost of $490.00 + $1.00 Fees
$491.00 Course Cost
*May require a $1 or $3 insurance fee

This course was part of the 2017 Fall Semester and registration is closed. For additional help, please contact the program coordinator.

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