|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- Define principles of organic gardening.
- Analyze gardens to improve sustainability.
|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.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- demonstrate an understanding of the definition of sustainable organic gardening & contrast with conventional organic gardening.
- define the principles of organic gardening (including soil prep and amendments).
- demonstrate an understanding of irrigation systems, methods for installation, and sustainable materials and practices which make systems more sustainable.
- select the most appropriate seasonal crops and define common varieties by season and location.
- demonstrate knowledge of composting and mulching techniques used in the garden.
- manage pests including insects, weeds, and diseases in organic gardens.
- describe the rules and laws governing sustainable organic gardening.
- describe crop selection based on cultural diversity.
|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. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Concepts of sustainable, organic ecosystems and gardens
- Define sustainable organic gardening (Lec)
- Differentiate between sustainable and traditional organic gardening (Lec)
- Soil preparation, amendments, and fertilizers using sustainable, organic principles
- Soil testing (Lab)
- Soil sourcing (Lec)
- Sustainable organic amendments and fertilizers (Lec)
- Water and irrigation methods and sustainable systems
- Sustainable pipe and irrigation components (Lec & Lab)
- Sustainable irrigation installation techniques and practices (Lab)
- Selection of crops and varieties for each season and location
- Sourcing crops (Lec)
- Deriving crops from sustainably harvested sites (Lec)
- Correct seasonal selection of crops (Lec)
- Organic composting and mulching methods and use
- Sources of composts of mulches (Lec)
- On-site composts and mulches (Lab)
- Sustainable practices for composts and mulches (Lab)
- Organic, sustainable integrated pest, weed, and disease management
- Contrast sustainable IPM with standard practices (Lab)
- Rules and laws governing organic food and produce (Lec)
- Federal, state, and local regulations affecting organic gardening and produce production (Lec)
- Selection of crops and varieties based on cultural diversity (Lab)
|Methods of Evaluation - |
|Student field demonstration of skills taught during course. |
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Turner, Julie, Organic Gardening Beginner's Manual. Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 2012 |
Ullmann, H. F., ed. Organic Gardening (Botanica's Pocket). Australia: h. f. ulllmann, 2008.
|Disciplines - |
|Ornamental Horticulture |
|Method of Instruction - |
- Lecture presentations on Sustainable Organic Gardening.
- Group discussions on common concerns facing organic gardeners (pests, nutrition, maintenance, planting cycles, etc.).
- Classroom demonstrations of Sustainable Organic Gardening practices.
|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.
|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 (approximately 10 to 20 pages of text).
- Research and planning of individual or group creative projects.