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Plant & Soil Science: Sustainable Farm Practicum

PSS 209 BU1 (CRN: 60415)

4 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: PSS 298 Z1

About PSS 209 BU1

In this hands-on, experiential course, students will learn principles and practices of sustainable, diversified vegetable production on-site at the Catamount Educational Farm. Topics include: vegetable crop families; soil management; composting; weed, insect and disease control; propagation and planting; crop planning; irrigation and marketing techniques. The class format will consist of a combination of lectures, hands-on fieldwork, and visits to local vegetable farms. Concepts and skills taught will immediately be applied through participation in Catamount Educational Farms five acre vegetable operation that supplies produce to the community through a CSA, a farm stand and multiple wholesale accounts.

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Dates: May 23-August 12, 2016; Prereqs: PSS 021; Pre and post online course work; May 30 - July 27 Mon & Wed 9:00 - 3:00; Location: The Catamount Educational Farm at the UVM Horticultural Research Center.

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Section Description

In this hands-on, experiential course, students will learn principles and practices of sustainable, diversified vegetable production on-site at the Catamount Educational Farm. Topics include: vegetable crop families, soil management, composting, organic weed, pest and disease control, propagation and planting, crop planning, irrigation and marketing techniques. The class format will consist of a combination of lectures, hands-on fieldwork, and visits to local vegetable farms. Concepts and skills taught will immediately be applied through participation in Catamount Educational Farm?s five acre vegetable operation that supplies produce to the community through a CSA, a farm stand and multiple wholesale accounts. The course meets at the UVM Horticulture Research and Education Center in South Burlington, VT. Coursework for the first two and last weeks is completed on-line; on-farm instruction is held June 6 - August 3. Sustainable Vegetable Production from Start-Up to Market by Vern Grubinger, available at the UVM Bookstore Building Soils for Better Crops by Fred Magdoff & Harold van Es (pdf is available on Blackboard)

Section Expectation

1. Everyone must attend all classes. 2. All assignments and presentations must be completed on time. Late assignments and presentations will not be accepted. 3. Please turn off your cell phone and refrain from texting or other messaging when class is in session. 4. All students are expected to adhere to UVM Student Code of Academic Integrity. Offenses against the Code of Academic Integrity are deemed serious and insult the integrity of the entire academic community. Any suspected violations of the Code are taken very seriously and will be forwarded to the Center for Student Ethics & Standards for further intervention. To read the Code of Academic Integrity and learn more about the Center for Student Ethics and Standards, visit their website at: http://www.uvm.edu/cses/?Page=ah.html&SM=ahmenu.html 5. The HRC is a working research farm. All students must follow HRC Use Policies and attend an HRC orientation session, held the first day of class. http://www.uvm.edu/pss/dept/hort_farm/HRCpolicies.pdf

Evaluation

Grading/Assessment Field Practicals 30% Quizzes 30% Professionalism 10% Project 30% Field Practicals, 30%: Applied, hands-on activities will be performed in fields to develop skills introduced in lessons Quizzes, 30%: Short quizzes will be presented each week to review the material covered Professionalism, 10%: Students are expected to attend all classes, participate in activities, and act in a professional manner. Final Project, 30%: Each student will complete a Final Group Project on either the arugula or mesclun mix bed that you manage during this class. The project will include the crop culture for the vegetable, management techniques (including weed, pest & disease management), harvest and post- harvest handling techniques and a marketing plan. It will also include observations made during the class. Details will be given out in the first few weeks of the course.

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