Organic Gardening Practicum
Organic gardening practicum
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.
- 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.
Class attendance, field work 30%
Design volunteer sessions 30%; Blog entries 20%
Journal reflection 20%
Global Food, Agriculture & Development, Local Food and Organic Gardening Systems or permission of instructor