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HRT_251_Syllabus___Schedule_Combined_200 - Organic Farming...

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Organic Farming Principles and Practices Horticulture 251 Spring 2008 Syllabus Course Description Principles and practices of organic farming; farms as ecological systems; the certification process and agencies; organic matter management to support the soil food web and nutrient availability; managing biodiversity, crop rotations, plant competition, ground cover, and plant health; integrating crops and animals; organic animal husbandry practices, crop systems studies, farmer and researcher panel discussions. Instructor Jeremy Moghtader Faculty Dept. of Horticulture Student Organic Farm Manager and Organic Farming Certificate Program Instructor. A430 Plant and Soil Science Bldg. 355-5191 ext. 1411 Office Hours Monday noon-1pm or by appointment [email protected] Class Schedule Monday and Wednesday 10:20a to 11:40a B109 Plant and Soil Sciences Bldg. (PSSB) Learning Objectives 1. Develop an understanding of the historical, biological and ecological basis for Organic farming including crop and livestock management. 2. Understand the USDA National Organic Program rules. 3. Learn the basic principles of organic matter management to feed the soil food web through the use of cover crops, compost and other organic and mineral amendments. 4. Learn the basic principles of managing biodiversity, crop rotations, ground cover and plant health for productive cropping systems with minimal off-farm resources. 5. Understand the foundation of organic animal husbandry and the integration of crops and animals on the organic farm. 6. Develop critical and creative thinking with a systems approach to agriculture using case studies as working examples of farming systems. 7. Understand the social, economic, political and environmental context for current and future organic agriculture production and sales. Format : Classes will have varied format and consist of a mixture of instructor, guest speakers/panel, and student presented materials with emphasis on discussion and learning through engaged interaction. Expectations & Philosophy : Each person is responsible for their own learning. As a class or a learning community we can greatly enhance each others learning experience and outcomes. In order to function well as a learning community, we must each do our part and come to class prepared to engage one another and the material. This means always reading and reflecting on the assigned materials and
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thoughtfully preparing questions and information for sharing with the group. Learning portfolio described below will help us with our learning. Portfolios Your learning portfolio is intended to provide a structure that will help facilitate engaged learning as well as provide evidence of your learning for evaluation. The Portfolio is a major opportunity to record, consolidate, integrate, and internalize all aspects of the course. Because of its importance in facilitating our learning the portfolio is the largest portion of your grade. It is incumbent upon you to provide evidence of your learning in the portfolio .
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