Practice of Organic Farming (Summer)
Note: This is the second 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.
Students receiving financial aid should contact financial aid early to develop a financial aid plan that includes Summer 2022.
Students must have taken high school algebra, biology, and chemistry. They should possess good communication skills and the ability/willingness to adhere to a structured work schedule. They also should be able to follow detailed directions in a work environment, and resolve conflicts in a group setting.
Please contact the faculty for more information.
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farm and garden management; working with nonprofit organizations focusing on food, land use, and agriculture; edible education; state and county extensions; and state and federal regulatory agencies.
$150 total fee: $50 for farm supplies, $100 required lab fee
|2022-05-04||Required fee increased to $150 (was $50)|