Principles and Practices of Organic Agriculture (3) An introduction to the science, principles and practices of organic agricultural systems for food production.
AGECO 144 Principles and Practices of Organic Agriculture (3)
This general education course will teach students about the science of agroecology, with a focus on organic agriculture. We will examine the science, history and development of organic agriculture and its principles and practices. Students will learn about the scientific basis and implementation of fundamental organic farming principles and practices including soil health, diversified cropping systems, organic pest management, and a system perspective. We will also discuss certified organic regulations and policies, organic farming business management and marketing. Learning activities will include: i) reading and discussing agricultural scientific articles, ii) listening to guest speakers and videos, iii) hands-on laboratory and greenhouse activities, iv) attending a field trip, and v) two group projects. The only prerequisite for this course is a high school level biology or ecology course. This course can link with other courses that address the agricultural sciences, food systems, environmental resource management and policy, landscape management and design, and natural resources. Student learning will be evaluated from class participation, questions on reading assignments, short papers and presentations, and a group project and presentation conducted by student teams.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.