Course Structure: The course includes two weekly lectures, plus occasional field trips to local farms. All course materials (e.g. lectures, assignments, reading material) are provided through the class Moodle site. There are three main sections to the lecture portion of the class. The introductory section provides a subject summary and history, as well as information on certifying and transitioning to organic. The second section covers the principles and practices of organic production. The final section deals with delivering information about, and sustaining organic practices. The field trips to farms will require appropriate clothing. The class will be notified in advance of field trip dates.
Learning Outcomes: 1. Define what organic agriculture is and what makes it unique from other forms of agriculture. This will be based on interaction with scholars in the field as well as practicing organic farmers. 2. Identify and interpret current issues and controversies surrounding organic agriculture. 3. Define the complexity and integrated nature of organic crop management. 4. Apply the basic conceptual ‘tools’ and resources presented in the class for continued learning in this field.