Note: This is the third quarter of a spring-summer-fall program.
Do you want to know what it takes to produce food for yourself, your family, and others in your community? In this three-quarter program, the Practice of Organic Agriculture (POF) will explore sustainable food production practices through an entire growing season -- beginning in spring, through the summer, and ending in the fall quarter. We will learn practices tailored for the Pacific Northwest climate in order to maximize production on small-scale organic farms. This program focuses on the scientific underpinning of sustainable and organic food production, with an emphasis on the critical thinking and observational skills needed to grow food using ecologically-informed methods. In addition, we will explore the farm management and business skills necessary to operate a farm.
We will study and work 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 physically rigorous and academically demanding. It requires a willingness to work as a team outside in adverse weather on a schedule determined by the needs of crops and animals.
To successfully participate in this program, students will need access to the internet, some form of safe transportation to the farm, and face masks. Students can expect around 1-3 hours of synchronous (scheduled) coursework per week using Zoom, asynchronous work delivered through Canvas, on-farm labs, plus two workdays a week on the Farm. Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous (in person or remote) participation if conditions require.
*If conditions allow, the following activities will happen in person: science Lab, and outdoor, on-campus activities.
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.
Please contact Karen Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Generally no new students are accepted to this program in fall.
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farm and garden management; nonprofits focusing on food, land use, and agriculture; edible education; state and county extensions; and state and federal regulatory agencies.
$125 for farm work supplies and required lab fee.
Possibility of In Program internships in Summer quarters. Students must complete an in-program Internship Learning Contract in consultation with the faculty and Academic Advising. Please go toIndividual Studyfor more information.