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|Discipline and Nbr:
SPECIALTY CROP PROD||
Specialty Crop Production
|Units||Course Hours per Week|| ||Nbr of Weeks||Course Hours Total
|Maximum||2.00||Lecture Scheduled||2.00||17.5 max.||Lecture Scheduled||35.00
|Minimum||2.00||Lab Scheduled||0||10 min.||Lab Scheduled||0
| ||Contact DHR||1.00|| ||Contact DHR||17.50
| ||Contact Total||3.00|| ||Contact Total||52.50
| ||Non-contact DHR||0|| ||Non-contact DHR Total||0
Title 5 Category:
AA Degree Applicable
Grade or P/NP
00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:
| ||Total Out of Class Hours: 70.00||Total Student Learning Hours: 122.50||
Production of specialty horticulture crops including cultural practices, marketing and management decisions. Emphasis on Sonoma County fruit, vegetable and berry production for the gourmet market. Includes field trips and guest speakers.
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Schedule of Classes Information
Production of specialty horticulture crops including cultural practices, marketing & management decisions. Emphasis on Sonoma County fruit, vegetable & berry production for the gourmet market. Field trips, and guest speakers.
(Grade or P/NP)
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Not Certificate/Major Applicable
Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
|CSU GE:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
|IGETC:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Develop a planting calendar for crop production.
2. Analyze a representative soil sample and assess texture, structure and
3. Recommend appropriate fertilization to create optimal garden soil
4. Properly prepare soil for planting.
5. Select appropriate seeds for intended crops.
6. Propagate plants by sexual and asexual means.
7. Discuss local marketing strategies for crops.
8. Apply appropriate weed and disease treatments.
9. Summarize the basic principles of irrigation and water management.
10. Apply appropriate amendments to ensure proper supply of nutrients to
11. Summarize the basics of successful herb cultivation.
12. Discuss varieties of flowers well suited for cut-flower production.
Topics and Scope
I. Introduction to Organic Gardening and Sustainable Food Production
II. Gardening Basics
A. Defining Organic
C. Planting Calendar
A. Soil analysis
1. Soil texture
2. Soil structure
3. Soil organic matter
4. Using a soil survey map
B. Soil fertility
1. Essential plant nutrients
2. Soil pH
3. Fertilization of garden soils
IV. Preparing the Soil
D. Sowing seeds for cool season crops
VI. Plant Propagation
A. Local marketing strategies
1. Contract marketing
2. Farm Trails
3. Industry partnerships
VIII. Water Management
B. Water Quality
A. Cool season vegetables
B. Warm season vegetables
B. Fruits and berries
C. Cover crops
D. Nutrient management
3. Green manures
X. Pest Management
B. Vertebrate pests
XI. Herb and Cut Flower Production
XII. Organic Certification
Assignments may include:
1. Reading, 20 - 30 pages per week.
2. Notebook: maintain a notebook of lecture notes, weekly handouts, and
notes on garden activities, field trips and speakers. Will be graded as
mid-term progress report.
3. Written report (4 pages) on an actual or fictitious farm operation.
4. Oral presentation on written report.
5. Final exam.
Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Representative Textbooks and Materials:
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
20 - 30%
|Notebook notes; report.||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
0 - 0%
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
20 - 30%
|Class performances, Field work||
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
20 - 30%
|Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, SHORT ANSWER||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
15 - 25%
|Attendance and participation.||
SPECIALTY AND MINOR CROPS. University of California Ag/NR publication
GOLDEN GATE GARDENING. Pam Pierce, Sasquatch Books, 1998.
CALIFORNIA MATER GARDENER HANDBOOK. Dennis R. Pittenger (editor).
University of California Ag/NR Pulication 3382, 2002.
GARDENER'S TABLE. Richard Merrill and Joe Ortiz, Ten Speed Press, 2000.
SUSTAINABLE VEGETABLE PRODUCTION FROM START-UP TO MARKET. Vernon P.
Grubinger, Natural Resource, Agriculture and Engineering Service (NRAES),