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Plant & Soil Science: Sustain Orchard/Vineyard Mng

PSS 195 BU3 (CRN: 60793)

3 Credit Hours—Seats Available!

About PSS 195 BU3

Students will learn principles and practices of commercial orchard and vineyard crop production, including: site selection and preparation; cold hardiness development; varietal selection; tree and vine training and trellising systems; cold hardiness development; nutrient, water and pest management; harvest and postharvest considerations. Special emphasis will be placed on environmental and economic sustainability of fruit production systems. The course will cover both orchard and vineyard crops suitable for production in northern New England, and students will have opportunities to explore specific crops in greater depth if they so wish. At each course meeting, we will apply knowledge of integrated horticultural and pest management practices in a real farm setting.

Instructor

Terence Bradshaw ()

Related Program

Catamount Farm Summer Experience

Notes

Dates: June 16 - July 11, 2014; Days & Times: Tuesday, Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Location: The Catamount Educational Farm at the UVM Horticultural Research Center.

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Section Description

Students will learn principles and practices of commercial orchard and vineyard crop production, including: site selection and preparation; cold hardiness development; varietal selection; tree and vine training and trellising systems; nutrient, water and pest management; harvest and postharvest considerations. Special emphasis will be placed on environmental and economic sustainability of fruit production systems. The course will cover both orchard and vineyard crops suitable for production in northern New England, and students will have opportunities to explore specific crops in greater depth if they so wish. At each course meeting, we will apply knowledge of integrated horticultural and pest management practices in a real farm setting. Pre/co-requisites: PSS 10 or 21 or 1 semester biology or permission.

Section Expectation

The course format will consist of a combination of classroom lectures, hands-on fieldwork, and visits to local commercial orchards and vineyards. Course textbook: Temperate Zone Pomology, Melvin Neil Westwood. ISBN-13: 978-1604690705. Other optional texts appropriate for orchard or vineyard crops will be suggested.

Evaluation

Grading: Students will be evaluated through a combination of field practicals, in-class quizzes, a class project involving development of a business/farm management plan, and assessment of professionalism through attendance and class participation. Project, 30% : Students will develop a farm management plan for a commercial fruit farm with 10-year financial records. Field Practicals, 30%: Applied, hands-on activities will be performed in orchards and vineyards to develop skills introduced in classroom lectures. Students will be assessed on: pruning, canopy management; cropload assessment and adjustment; fertility plan development based on soil and plant tissue analysis; and presentation of key pests of orchard and vineyard plantings and methods for their management. Quizzes, 30%: Short quizzes will be presented each class to review the material presented that day. Professionalism, 10%: Students are expected to attend all classes, participate in activities, and act in a professional manner.

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