SRJC Course Outlines

7/20/2019 4:58:29 PMSUSAG 64 Course Outline as of Summer 2017

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  SUSAG 64Title:  WARM SEASON VEG PROD  
Full Title:  Warm Season Vegetable Production
Last Reviewed:4/13/2015

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled1.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled26.25
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled1.508 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: 
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Catalog Description:
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Cultural practices, varieties, and economics of production of major warm season vegetable crops in Sonoma County. Topics include strategies for starting and maintaining crops, innovative irrigation methods, essential weed and pest control measures, and marketing. Application of production techniques at SRJC's Shone Farm acreage. Focus will be on organic systems but course content will be useful to all growers.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Cultural practices, varieties, and economics of production of major warm season vegetable crops in Sonoma County. Topics include strategies for starting and maintaining crops, innovative irrigation methods, essential weed and pest control measures, and marketing. Application of production techniques at SRJC's Shone Farm acreage. Focus will be on organic systems but course content will be useful to all growers.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
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:TransferableEffective:Summer 2006Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
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Students will be able to:
1.  Select and cultivate varieties of warm season vegetables suitable for Sonoma County soils and microclimates.
2.  Create appropriate planting layouts for warm season vegetables within the available planting space.
3.  Plan and implement a schedule of cultural and cost effective practices from soil preparation through harvest for a warm season crop.
4.  Develop a marketing plan and apply appropriate marketing strategies for profitable sale of a vegetable crop.

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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.  Identify varieties of warm season vegetables suitable for Sonoma County soils and microclimates.
2.  Describe soil preparation and fertility management methods for warm season vegetables.
3.  Demonstrate proper techniques for seed planting in flats or direct seeding in ground.
4.  Identify and evaluate planting layouts for warm season vegetables based on space and selected plants.
5.  Determine optimal schedule and cultural practices for a warm season crop.
6.  Identify and recommend control measures for common pests, diseases and weeds of warm season crops.
7.  Prepare a cost and return estimate for vegetable crop production.
8.  Identify options for marketing plans and strategies for warm season vegetable crops.

Topics and Scope
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I.   Warm Season Vegetable Varieties Specifically Suited to Sonoma County Conditions and Markets
II.  Soil
    A. Conditions
    B. Fertility
    C. Amendments
III. Production
    A. Seed planting in flats
    B. Seeding directly in ground
    C. Quantities and spacing of varieties for desired yields
    D. Planting layouts
IV. Cultural Practices Through the Season
    A. Thinning
    B. Training/staking
    C. Weed and insect control
    D. Irrigation
    C. Fertilization
V.  Harvest Methods and Storage
VI. Economics of Production
    A. Cost and return estimates
    B. Crop budgets
VII. Marketing
    A. Market evaluation--outlets
    B. Value-added products
    C. Packaging, shipping, and display
    D. Developing a marketing plan
    E. Marketing strategies

Assignments:
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Representative assignments:
1. Reading: approximately 10-20 pages per week.
2. Planting layout for a given planting space.
3. Planning calendar of cultural practices for selected crop.
4. Report (2-4 pages) identifying and recommending control measures for pests, diseases, and weeds common to warm season crops.
5. Crop budget plan.
6. Outline a marketing plan (2-3 pages).
7. Lab: Skill demonstrations on site, including seed planting; application of cultural practices; pest and weed identification.
8. Final exam or project.

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
10 - 20%
Report
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
35 - 50%
Planting layout; calendar; budget; marketing plan.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
30 - 40%
Lab skill demonstration activities
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 20%
Final exam/project
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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Peirce, Pam. Golden Gate Gardening: The Complete Guide to Year-Round Food Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area and Coastal California. SasquatchBooks, 3rd ed. 2010 (Classic)
Gibson, Eric. Sell What You Sow!: The Grower's Guide to Successful Produce Marketing. New World Publishing, 1994 (Classic)
Instructor prepared materials

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