SRJC Course Outlines

5/25/2024 2:16:25 PMSUSAG 119 Course Outline as of Fall 2004

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  SUSAG 119Title:  SPECIALTY CROP PROD  
Full Title:  Specialty Crop Production
Last Reviewed:2/14/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled010 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR1.00 Contact DHR17.50
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 122.50 

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 251

Catalog Description:
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Production of specialty horticulture crops including cultural practices, marketing and management decisions. Emphasis on Sonoma County fruit, vegetable and berry production for the gourmet market. Includes field trips and guest speakers.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Production of specialty horticulture crops including cultural practices, marketing & management decisions. Emphasis on Sonoma County fruit, vegetable & berry production for the gourmet market. Field trips, and guest speakers.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Develop a planting calendar for crop production.
2. Analyze a representative soil sample and assess texture, structure and
3. Recommend appropriate fertilization to create optimal garden soil
4. Properly prepare soil for planting.
5. Select appropriate seeds for intended crops.
6. Propagate plants by sexual and asexual means.
7. Discuss local marketing strategies for crops.
8. Apply appropriate weed and disease treatments.
9. Summarize the basic principles of irrigation and water management.
10. Apply appropriate amendments to ensure proper supply of nutrients to
11. Summarize the basics of successful herb cultivation.
12. Discuss varieties of flowers well suited for cut-flower production.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction to Organic Gardening and Sustainable Food Production
II. Gardening Basics
 A. Defining Organic
 B. Climate
 C. Planting Calendar
 D. Planning
III. Soil
 A. Soil analysis
  1. Soil texture
  2. Soil structure
  3. Soil organic matter
  4. Using a soil survey map
 B. Soil fertility
   1. Essential plant nutrients
   2. Soil pH
   3. Fertilization of garden soils
IV. Preparing the Soil
 A. Cultivation
 B. Tillage
V. Seeds
 A. Obtaining
 B. Selecting
 C. Storing
 D. Sowing seeds for cool season crops
VI. Plant Propagation
 A. Sexual
 B. Asexual
VII. Marketing
 A. Local marketing strategies
   1. Contract marketing
   2. Farm Trails
   3. Industry partnerships
 B. Advertising
 C. Other
VIII. Water Management
 A. Watering
 B. Water Quality
 C. Irrigation
IX. Crops
 A. Cool season vegetables
 B. Warm season vegetables
 B. Fruits and berries
 C. Cover crops
 D. Nutrient management
   1. Amendments
   2. Composting
   3. Green manures
X. Pest Management
 A. Insects
 B. Vertebrate pests
 C. Weeds
 D. Diseases
XI. Herb and Cut Flower Production
XII. Organic Certification

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Assignments may include:
1. Reading, 20 - 30 pages per week.
2. Notebook: maintain a notebook of lecture notes, weekly handouts, and
  notes on garden activities, field trips and speakers. Will be graded as
  mid-term progress report.
3. Written report (4 pages) on an actual or fictitious farm operation.
4. Oral presentation on written report.
5. Final exam.

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%
Notebook notes; report.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 30%
Class performances, Field work
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, SHORT ANSWER
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
15 - 25%
Attendance and participation.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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SPECIALTY AND MINOR CROPS. University of California Ag/NR publication
3346, 1998.
GOLDEN GATE GARDENING. Pam Pierce, Sasquatch Books, 1998.
University of California Ag/NR Pulication 3382, 2002.
GARDENER'S TABLE. Richard Merrill and Joe Ortiz, Ten Speed Press, 2000.
Grubinger, Natural Resource, Agriculture and Engineering Service (NRAES),

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