SRJC Course Outlines

7/18/2019 3:13:22 PMSUSAG 109 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  SUSAG 109Title:  ORGANIC CROP PLANNING  
Full Title:  Organic Crop Planning and Production
Last Reviewed:1/28/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum4.00Lab Scheduled3.008 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 210.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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A hands-on practicum in organic farming, this course covers planning and production practices for market farms. Topics include seasonal crop selection, planting procedures, cultural practices, harvesting and post harvest for organic production of vegetable and grain crops in small commercial operations. Both manual and machine powered management techniques will be discussed. Includes hands-on management of greenhouse starts and farm plots at Shone Farm.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion or Current Enrollment in AGRI 20 and AGRI 60

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
A hands-on practicum in organic farming, this course covers planning and production practices for market farms. Topics include seasonal crop selection, planting procedures, cultural practices, harvesting and post harvest for organic production of vegetable and grain crops in small commercial operations. Both manual and machine powered management techniques will be discussed. Includes hands-on management of greenhouse starts and farm plots at Shone Farm.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Course Completion or Current Enrollment in AGRI 20 and AGRI 60
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:
 
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Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
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Students will be able to:
1. Plan and manage a small commercial farm operation.
2. Evaluate farm marketing channels appropriate to Sonoma County.
3. Select appropriate crops for market production in Sonoma County.
4. Generate a crop plan based on season and market needs.
5. Determine optimal harvest time for a given crop.
6. Establish and maintain organic farm plots from planting to harvest.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.   Plan and manage a small commercial farm operation.
2.   Evaluate marketing channels appropriate to Sonoma County.
3.   Generate a crop plan based on season and market needs.
4.   Interpret soil test results and recommend a plan for appropriate soil fertility management.
5.   Design a crop rotation.
6.   Determine appropriate cover crops for a given season.
7.   Determine appropriate plant spacing and planting arrangements for optimal crop production.
8.   Determine optimal harvest time for a given crop.
9.   Determine crop density based on square footage of space available.
10. Select appropriate crops and design a crop plan based on season and market needs.
11. Compare and contrast the benefits of planting from seed or transplants.
12. Utilize best practices for producing seedlings for transplanting.
13. Evaluate a site for suitability as a market farm.
14. Prepare garden beds for planting using biointensive methods.
15. Plant and maintain crops in plots based on crop plan.
16. Perform necessary cultural management practices throughout growing season.
17. Identify pest pressures and apply appropriate pest management treatments.
18. Practice appropriate harvesting techniques.
19. Discuss effective storage requirements to maintain crop quality.

Topics and Scope
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I.   Business Planning for Market Farming - Completion of Business Plan for Market Farming Enterprise
II.  Evaluation of Produce Marketing Channels for Region - Direct Market vs Wholesale Options
III. Crop Selection
    A. Criteria for evaluating and comparing vegetable varieties
    B. Key information for seed catalogues used in a crop plan
IV. Crop Planning
    A. Sales projections and harvest plans
    B. Planting plan
    C. Greenhouse plan
    D. Field map and block layout
    E. Field operations calendar
    F. Record keeping and profitability
V. Growing Seedlings
    A. Best practices for greenhouse and nursery production of organic vegetable starts
    B. Transplanting vs. direct seeding of crops
    C. Best practices for planting transplanted crops in field
    D. Techniques and equipment for direct seeding of vegetable crops
    E. Mechanical transplanter
VI. Site Evaluation for Market Farming
    A. Using a site evaluation checklist
    B. Design and placement of farm components
    C. Zone and sector planning from permaculture design
VII. Principles of Crop Rotations
    A. Crop plant families
    B. Heavy feeding and light feeding crops
    C. Principles of rotation design
VIII. Soil Management for Organic Farming
    A. Soil nutrient tests
    B. Organic soil amendments
    C. Cover crop selection and use in market farming
    D. Reduced tillage methods for market farming
IX. BioIntensive Farming Practices
    A. Permanent raised beds
    B. Broad forks
    C. Compost application
    D. Intensive plant spacing
X. Drip Irrigation Systems
XI. Weed management
    A.  Hand tools for cultivating weeds
    B.  Wheel hoe
    C.  Occultation
XII. Walk-Behind Tractor
    A. Function of different implements
    B. Basic operations for market farming
XIII. Tools for Larger Scale Vegetable Farming
    A. Tractor operations to prepare for spring planting
    B. Tractor implements for vegetable farming
    C. Tillage and reduced tillage tools
    D. Weeding and cultivation tools
XIV. Harvesting of Crops
    A. Harvesting tools
    B. Optimal harvest time for specific crops
    C. Harvest techniques specific to particular crops
    D. Storage conditions for vegetable crops
XV. Case Study of Successful Market Farms
    A. The Market Gardener
    B. Farmer to Farmer podcast
    C. Guest speakers on crop planning and produce sales from successful Sonoma county farms
 
All topics are covered in the lecture and lab portions of the course.

Assignments:
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Lecture-Related Assignments:
1. Reading, 15 - 20 pages per week
2. Create a business plan for market farm
3. Create a crop production plan
4. Design a crop map
5. Written review of podcast or video
6. Crop plan report
 
Lab-Related Assignments:
1. Weekly crop planning exercises and calculations
2. Prepare plots for planting
3. Field skills demonstrations (1 - 2)
4. Crop plan project and presentation
5. Lab write up

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
20 - 30%
Written crop plan report; podcast review, lab write-up
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
40 - 50%
Business plan, production plan, crop map, weekly planning exercises
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 20%
Field skills performance
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 20%
Final exam, quizzes on assigned reading
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Participation and crop plan presentation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming. Fortier, Jean-Martin. New Society Publishers. 2014 (classic)
Organic Vegetable Production Manual. McGiffen Jr., Milton. University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources Publication #3509. 2012 (classic)
Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers. Theriault, Frederic and Brisebois, Daniel. Canadian Organic Growers, Inc. 2010 (classic)
 
Web based materials

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