SRJC Course Outlines

9/24/2022 10:25:23 AMSUSAG 120 Course Outline as of Fall 2021

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  SUSAG 120Title:  ORG GRDNING & FOOD PROD  
Full Title:  Organic Gardening and Food Production
Last Reviewed:2/8/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled1.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled26.25
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled1.504 min.Lab Scheduled26.25
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  52.50Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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Exploration of organic gardening practices with an emphasis on designing and maintaining gardens. Application of techniques for local and seasonally appropriate production of edible crops including vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs. Class focuses on small scale production practices that are applicable for home gardens, as well as urban and community garden settings, including: permaculture design, soil building, watering, biodiversity and hand tools.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 or appropriate placement based on AB705 verbiage

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Exploration of organic gardening practices with an emphasis on designing and maintaining gardens. Application of techniques for local and seasonally appropriate production of edible crops including vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs. Class focuses on small scale production practices that are applicable for home gardens, as well as urban and community garden settings, including: permaculture design, soil building, watering, biodiversity and hand tools.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 or appropriate placement based on AB705 verbiage
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1. Design a diversified home garden suitable to a local microclimate.
2. Describe and implement techniques for locally appropriate production of edible crops, including vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs.
3. Discuss sustainable management practices for local organic gardens.
 

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Students will be able to:
1. Discuss the application of permaculture design principles to home gardens.
2. Describe and implement methods for preparing garden beds.
3. Describe and implement techniques for starting plants from seed and transplanting seedlings.
4. Develop a soil building management plan.
5. Develop a garden planting plan.
6. List and discuss major vegetables, fruits, flower, and herbs produced for the home garden.
7. Determine the microclimate associated with a particular garden location.
8. Outline simple steps every gardener can take to increase beneficial insect populations.
9. Describe the appropriate use of various hand tools in the garden.

Topics and Scope
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I. Garden Design for Food Production
    A. Permaculture design
         1. Permaculture principles
         2. Characteristics of permaculture gardens
    B. Garden design
         1. Site evaluation
         2. Design process
II. Crops
    A. Vegetables
    B. Fruits
    C. Medicinal and culinary herbs
    D. Edible and cut flowers
III. Sustainable Soil Management
    A. Soil fertility
    B. Assessing soil fertility
     C. Building soil fertility
         1. Raised beds
         2. Soil amendments
         3. Soil organisms
         4. Cover crops
IV. Garden Ecology
    A. Biodiveristy in gardens
    B. Animals in gardens
    C. Edible forest gardens
    D. Urban and community gardens
V. Growing Techniques
    A. Planning components
         1. Seed selection and sources
         2. Water source
         3. General Climate / microclimates
         4. Growing Seasons
         5. Frost Dates
         6. Timing and Scheduling
         7. Bed rotations
         8. Gardening tools and equipment
   B. Protected growing
         1. Greenhouse, cold frames and other season extenders
         2. Tunnels and trellises
VI. Production Principles
   A. Garden bed Preparation
         1. Cultivation
         2. Tillage
         3. Bed preparation
  B. Planting Techniques
         1. Seed germination
          2. Direct sowing
         3. Transplanting
  C. Cultural management
         1. Irrigation
         2. Mulching
         3. Thinning
         4. Weeding
         5. Integrated Pest Management
VII. Harvest Principles
    A. Harvest timing
    B. Harvest techniques
    C. Postharvest techniques and handling
 
Concepts presented in lecture are applied and practiced in lab.

Assignments:
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Lecture-related assignments:
1. Weekly reading from texts and handouts (10-20 pages)
2. Discussions
3. Written problem solving assignments such as soil building plan (3-4)
4. Home garden design project
5. Quizzes (4 - 17) and final exam
 
Lab-related assignments:
1. Weekly lab quizzes

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
40 - 50%
Discussions, written problem solving assignments
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 30%
Written problem solving assignments, garden design project
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Final, lab and lecture quizzes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%
None


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Gaia's Garden: A Home-Scale Guide to Permaculture. 2nd ed. Chelsea Green Publishing. 2009 (classic)
Golden Gate Gardening. Pierce, Pam. Sasquatch Books. 2010 (classic)
Western Garden Book of Edibles. Sunset Publishing. 2010 (classic)
"For the Gardener" - Article Series. Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. University of California Santa Cruz. Current edition
Instructor prepared materials

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