Practice of Organic Farming (Fall)

Fall 2022
Olympia
Day
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 30
16 Credits per quarter
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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 Farming (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.

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Prerequisites

It is strongly recommended that if you plan to join up in the third quarter that you have a background in either managing/working on a commercial farm or have a background and interest in business/entrepreneurship concepts and processes.

Fall 2022 Registration

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Please contact the faculty for more information.

Course Reference Numbers

Sr (16): 10031

Academic details

Paths
Entry
Intermediate
Fields of Study
Credits
16
Maximum Enrollment
30
Class Standing
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Fees

$550 total fee: $100 required lab fee plus a $450 fee that covers conference registration, meals, travel, and lodging for an overnight field trip. 

Schedule

In Person or Remote
In Person
Time Offered
Day
Schedule Evergreen link
see Schedule Evergreen for detailed schedule
Location
Olympia

Revisions

Date Revision
2022-04-28 Student fee increased to $550 with inclusion of lab fee (was $450)