|1. Description - |
|Principles and practices utilized in the design, implementation, and maintenance of sustainable organic gardens. Sustainable gardening practices that produce successful, environmentally responsible produce and crops.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
- demonstrate an understanding of the definition of sustainable gardens.
- define the principles of organic gardening.
- demonstrate successful organic gardening practices.
- analyze gardens to improve their sustainability.
- demonstrate the ability to manage soils, insects, plants and diseases in organic gardens.
- integrate individual garden practices with community garden concepts
|3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Horticultural laboratory, sustainable garden, greenhouse, compost area, and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves and clothing for fieldwork. |
|4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Concepts of sustainable, organic ecosystems and gardens
- Soil preparation, amendments, and fertilizers using sustainable, organic principles
- Water and irrigation methods and sustainable systems
- Selection of crops and varieties for each season and location
- Organic composting and mulching methods and use
- Organic, sustainable integrated pest, weed, and disease management
- Rules and laws governing organic food and produce
- Selection of crops and varieties based on cultural diversity
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
- Student field demonstration of concepts taught during course.
|7. Representative Text(s) - |
|Ullmann, H. F., ed. Organic Gardening (Botanica's Pocket). Australia: h. f. ulllmann, 2008. |
|8. Disciplines - |
|Environmental Horticulture & Design |
|9. Method of Instruction - |
|Lecture, Discussion, Field work, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration, Field trips, |
|10. Lab Content - |
- Organic garden site preparation (layout, soil prep, irrigation, etc.).
- Planting techniques.
- Plant cultivation (watering, weeding, soil amendment, etc.)
- Harvesting techniques.
- Sustainable management practices for long-term productivity.
|11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.|
|12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text, outside resources, and instructional handouts.
- Research and planning of individual or group creative projects.
|13. Need/Justification - |
|This course is a restricted support course for the AS degree in Environmental Horticulture & Design. |