Organic Gardening Practicum

Term: 
Spring
Credits: 
1.0
Course Description: 

Organic gardening practicum 

1 credit

Instructors: Guntra Aistara, Logan Strenchock

Prerequisite: Global Food, Agriculture & Development, Local Food and Organic Gardening Systems or permission of instructor

Organic gardens are mini-ecosytems, even if they are located in the middle of a city. How is it possible to plan multi-functional ecological relationships into a garden design and maintain them through gardening practices?

This course will be a practical introduction to agroecology and organic garden planning techniques and practices,and a continuation of the Organic Gardening and Local Food Systems class. We will practice agroecology and organic gardening techniques at a farm in Zsambok (near Godollo), as well on the rooftop garden. Students’ main task will be to design and organize on-campus volunteer sessions for other CEU community members. We will focus on soil management, composting, seeding, sowing, and transplanting, crop rotation, companion planting, and weed and pest management.

Learning Outcomes: 

-       understand key organic gardening and farming methods;

 

-       apply basic practical organic gardening skills, and share and teach gardening techniques to others.

 

-       comprehend the complexities and challenges of managing a small organic market farm, and teaching gardening techniques to others.

Assessment: 

Class attendance, field work 30%

Design volunteer sessions  30%; Blog entries 20%  

 

Journal reflection  20%

 

Prerequisites: 

Global Food, Agriculture & Development, Local Food and Organic Gardening Systems or permission of instructor