SRJC Course Outlines

9/27/2021 6:35:49 PMSUSAG 65 Course Outline as of Spring 2022

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  SUSAG 65Title:  COOL SEASON VEG PROD  
Full Title:  Cool Season Vegetable 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 Scheduled1.506 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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Class focuses on characteristics and production of major cool season vegetable crops in Sonoma County. Topics include crop planning, organic production practices, soil management, season extension and cover cropping. Lab activities will include hands-on application of production techniques at SRJC's Shone Farm.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


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

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Class focuses on characteristics and production of major cool season vegetable crops in Sonoma County. Topics include crop planning, organic production practices, soil management, season extension and cover cropping. Lab activities will include hands-on application of production techniques at SRJC's Shone Farm.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates
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:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1. Select and cultivate varieties of cool season vegetables suitable for Sonoma County soils and microclimates.
2. Create appropriate planting layouts for cool 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 cool season crop.
4. Discuss and apply techniques and equipment for extending the growing season of cool season crops.
 

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Students will be able to:
1. Identify varieties of cool season vegetables suitable for Sonoma County soils and
    microclimates.
2. Describe soil preparation and fertility management methods for cool season vegetables.
3. Identify and evaluate planting layouts for cool season vegetables based on space and selected
    plants.
4. Determine optimal schedule and cultural practices for a cool season crop.
5. Identify and recommend control measures for common pests, diseases and weeds of warm
    season crops.
6. Determine appropriate cool season cover crops and apply techniques for successful cover crop
    establishment.

Topics and Scope
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I. Key Components of Cool Season Farming
    A. Cold hardy crop varieties
    B. Season extension techniques
    C. Succession planting
    D. Seasonal schedule
    E. Daylight hours
II. Cool Season Vegetable Varieties Specifically Suited to Sonoma County Conditions and
    Markets
    A. Asian greens
    B. Brassicas
    C. Lettuce
    D. Spinach
    E. Root crops
    F. Specialty cool season crops
III. Basics of Crop Planning for Cool Season Farming
    A. Key variety information from seed catalogs
    B. Days to maturity
     C. Succession planting
IV. Production
    A. Seed planting in flats
    B. Seeding directly in ground
    C. Quantities and spacing of varieties for desired yields
    D. Planting layouts
V. Cultural Practices Through the Season
    A. Soil and bed preparation
    B. Thinning
    C. Training/staking
    D. Weed and insect control
    E. Irrigation
    F. Fertilization
VI. Season Extension Techniques
    A. Greenhouses
    B. High tunnel hoop houses
    C. Low tunnels
    D. Floating row cover
VII. Cool Season Soil Management
    A. Fall and winter cover crops
     B. Preparing garden areas for winter
VIII. Harvest Methods and Storage
    A. Harvest techniques by crop
    B. Harvest timing by crop
    C. Optimal storage conditions by crop
IX. Marketing (Marketing strategies unique to cool season crops)
 
All topics are covered in the lecture and lab portions of the course.

Assignments:
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Lecture Related Assignments:
1. Weekly Reading (10-20 pages)
2. Weekly quizzes
3. One crop presentation (15 minutes)
4. One crop plan project
5. Final exam
 
Lab Related Assignments:
1. Field activity journal
2. Skill demonstrations on site, including seed planting; transplanting; bed preparation; and
    application of cultural practice

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%
Field activity journal
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Crop plan project
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 20%
Lab skills demonstrations
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Quizzes; Final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
20 - 30%
Crop presentation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Winter Harvest Handbook. Coleman, Eliot. Chelsea Green Publishing. 2009 (classic)
Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres. Dawling, Pam. New Society Publishers. 2013 (classic)
Instructor prepared materials

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