SRJC Course Outlines

10/22/2020 5:38:06 PMSUSAG 112 Course Outline as of Fall 2005

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  SUSAG 112Title:  ORGANIC CROP PRODUCTION  
Full Title:  Organic Crop Production
Last Reviewed:2/14/2005

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled4.009 max.Lecture Scheduled36.00
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled2.008 min.Lab Scheduled18.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total54.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  72.00Total Student Learning Hours: 126.00 

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 297.55S

Catalog Description:
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Planting procedures, cultural requirements, harvesting techniques and marketing practices involved in the production of organic vegetable, fruit and grain crops in small commercial operations. Includes hands-on management of Shone Farm's Food Pyramid Garden.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion or Concurrent Enrollment in SUSAG 110 ( or AG 121)

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Planting procedures, cultural requirements, harvesting techniques and marketing practices involved in the production of organic vegetable, fruit and grain crops in small commercial operations. Includes hands-on management of Shone Farm's Food Pyramid Garden.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Course Completion or Concurrent Enrollment in SUSAG 110 ( or AG 121)
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: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Select appropriate crops for Sonoma County.
2. Evaluate various potting mixes for seed starting.
3. Compare and contrast the benefits of on-farm transplant production and
  purchase of commercially produced transplants.
4. Determine appropriate plant spacing and planting arrangements for
  optimal crop production.
5. Prepare a raised garden bed.
6. Collect and analyze representative soil samples.
7. Amend soil with organic fertilizers to meet crop nutrient needs and pH
  preferences.
8. Determine optimal harvest time for a given crop.
9. Discuss effective storage requirements to eliminate crop deterioration.
10. Evaluate marketing channels appropriate to Sonoma County.
11. Determine crop density based on square footage of space available.
12. Identify pest pressures and apply appropriate pest management
   treatments.

Topics and Scope
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I. Orientation to the Food Pyramid Garden (FPG)
 A. Background
 B. History of site
 C. Purpose
 D. Long-term vision
 E. Overview of Food Pyramid Garden components
   1. grains
   2. vegetables
   3. fruit
   4. protein
   5. dairy
   6. sugars and oils
II. Farm Management/Planning
 A. Financial planning
   1. budget
   2. income/expense
   3. record keeping
 B. Community relations/outreach
III. Soil Fertility Management
 A. Soil testing and analysis
   1. soil pH
   2. soil nutrients
   3. percentage organic matter
 B. Organic soil amendments
 C. Cover crop planting
 D. Crop rotation
IV. Cultural Practices
 A. Tillage
 B. Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
   1. pest pressures
   2. pest management treatments
 C. Irrigation
 D. Fertilization
   1. calculating material to meet crop nutrient needs
   2. application methods
 E. Cover crop incorporation
V. Planting
 A. Appropriate crops
 B. Seeds
   1. ordering the appropriate seeds
   2. proper storage
 C. Transplants
 D. Care of seedlings/transplants
VI.  Planting Plans
 A. Field layout
   1. spacing
   2. companion planting
   3. yield calculations
 B. Planting intervals for continuous harvest

Assignments:
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Assignments may include:
1. Prepare potting mix based on crop and soil needs.
2. Develop an advertising tool for the FPG.
3. Prepare a detailed plot plan for planting various sections of the FPG.
4. Prepare a plot for planting.
5. Assigned reading, 15 - 20 pages per week.

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
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
80 - 90%
Prepare potting mix; plot plan; advert. strategy.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
None
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Attendance and participation.


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Sustainable Vegetable Production from Start-up to Market. Vernon P.
Grubinger. Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES),
1999.
Sustainable Horticulture Today and Tomorrow. Poincelot, Raymond. Prentice
Hall, 2004.
Web based materials.

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