Farm To Table: Exploring Food Production Systems
This course will explore organic food production systems using the three pillars of sustainability?economic, environmental, and social justice. Topics will focus on USDA Organic market garden production but will compare and contrast it to other production systems. Discussions will cover the scientific and cultural underpinnings of sustainable and organic food production to develop the critical thinking and observation skills necessary to grow food using ecologically informed methods. Students will explore the farm and business management skills necessary to operate a small-scale vegetable farm. We will delve into farm management practices that build healthy soil through cover cropping, crop rotations, crop / livestock integration, and no-till practices. Additionally we will examine the hand-tools necessary to establish and manage a market garden operation. Farm business skills will focus on designing and creating a farm management plan as well as the record keeping systems necessary to track a crop from seed to plate.
Jan 10, 2022 — Feb 13, 2022
Distance Education - Online
For credit cost: $1410