SRJC Course Outlines

7/18/2019 2:31:06 PMSUSAG 163 Course Outline as of Summer 2017

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  SUSAG 163Title:  CSA SUMMER  
Full Title:  Community Supported Agriculture Summer
Last Reviewed:12/9/2013

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total35.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total 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:  AG 297.78

Catalog Description:
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This course is a continuation of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) course offered in the department. The summer class will address those aspects of crop planning, management, harvest and postharvest appropriate to the summer season. Continued discussion of CSA operations and consumer relations will be included.  Students will gain hands-on experience of operating a CSA through direct participation in the Shone Farm CSA.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course is a continuation of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) course offered in the department. The summer class will address those aspects of crop planning, management, harvest and postharvest appropriate to the summer season. Continued discussion of CSA operations and consumer relations will be included.  Students will gain hands-on experience of operating a CSA through direct participation in the Shone Farm CSA.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:
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: Not Certificate/Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
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Students will be able to:
1. Create a professional marketing strategy for a particular CSA model.
2. Demonstrate harvesting, packaging, and storage methods and techniques appropriate to summer season crops.
3. Discuss summer field management techniques necessary to bring a crop to full production.

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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the theory of the development of a CSA unit during the summer growing and early harvesting season.
2.  Identify summer field management techniques necessary to bring a crop to full production.
3.  Build and strengthen skills in harvesting, packaging, and postharvest techniques of summer season crops.
4.  Research potential methods of financing a CSA unit.
5.  Discuss various crop rotation and planning needs for seasonal progression of crops.
6.  Effectively communicate farm updates to CSA customers through weekly newletters.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Overview of CSA
      a.  History of CSA
      b.  Shone Farm CSA
      c.  CSA models
2.  CSA laws and regulations affecting CSA development
3.  CSA infrastructure
      a.  Packhouse design
      b.  Box storage and delivery options
      c.  Pricing and billing structures
4.  Review of processes necessary to bring CSA crop to necessary production levels during peak summer season
      a.  Supplies and equipment necessary for CSA operations
      a.  Seasonal planning considerations to meet CSA crop demand
      b.  Weekly planning and forecasting
c.  Overview of seasonal crop rotation procedures appropriate to the CSA model
5.  Demonstration of various crop harvesting techniques appropriate to summer season
      a.  Crop specific harvest methods
      b.  Appropriate use of specific harvesting tools
6.  Demonstration of various crop postharvest and packing techniques appropriate to summer season
      a.  Crop specific postharvest requirements
      b.  Crop specific preparation and packing requirements
7.  Maintaining customer relations
      a.  Weekly newsletters
      b.  On-farm events and/or promotions
8.  Review of the overall effectiveness of the CSA operation
a.  Crop production
b.  marketing
c.  financial viability

Assignments:
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1. Keep a semester journal
2. Develop a CSA model plan
3. Maintain weekly newsletter
4. Mid-term and final
5. Participation in Shone farm u-picks
6. Harvest, postharvest handling, packing skills, activities and demonstrations

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 - 40%
Semester journals, weekly newletter
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
CSA model plan
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 40%
Harvest, postharvest handling, packing skills demonstrations
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Participate in Shone farm u-picks


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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 Web-based reading materials; Instructor prepared materials

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