Practice of Organic Farming (Spring)
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Note: This is the first quarter of a spring-summer-fall program.
Do you want to know what it talks to produce food for yourself, your family, and others in your community? In the Practice of Organic Farming Program, students learn what it takes to grow food and feed yourself and others every day throughout the year? This three-quarter program will explore sustainable food production practices through an entire growing season, beginning in spring, through the summer and ending in the fall quarter, and how those practices are tailored for the Pacific Northwest climate in order to maximize production. Our focus will be on small-scale organic production, but we will compare and contrast that system to other production systems. This program focuses on the scientific underpinning of sustainable and organic food production, with an emphasis on theory to practice, critical thinking, and observation skills necessary to grow food using ecologically informed methods. In addition, we will explore the farm management and business skills necessary to operate a small-scale farm.
We will be studying and working at the Evergreen Organic Farm through an entire growing season, focusing on theory to practice topics ranging from seed propagation to harvest, and on to the market. The farm includes a small-scale direct market stand and CSA, as well as a variety of other demonstration areas. All students will work on the farm every week to gain practical experiential learning. This program is rigorous physically and academically and requires a willingness to work outside in adverse weather on a schedule determined by the needs of crops and animals.
Students who need to request disability accommodation should contact the faculty or Access Services Program Coordinator Steve Schmidt (L2153, 360.867.6348; or TTY 360.867.6834) prior to the start of the quarter.
Students planning to take this program who are receiving financial aid should contact financial aid early in fall 2018 to develop a financial aid plan that includes summer 2020.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
farm and garden management; nonprofits focusing on food, land use, and agriculture; edible education; state and county extensions; and state and federal regulatory agencies.
Credits per quarter
High school algebra, biology and chemistry, good communication skills, ability/willingness to adhere to a structured work schedule, follow detailed directions in a work environment, and resolve conflicts in a group setting.
- Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
$300 for overnight field trips to visit Northwest regional farms and for farm work supplies.
Class Size: 30
Scheduled for: Day
Located in: Olympia