2009-10 Catalog

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Program Description

Practice of Sustainable Agriculture

Revised Last Updated: 06/09/2009

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Stephen Bramwell agriculture

Faculty Signature Required: Application and interview are required. To apply, contact Alex Moro, Organic Farm Manager, (360) 867-6160 or organicfarm@evergreen.edu or mail to The Evergreen State College, Organic Farm Manager, Lab I, Olympia, WA 98505. Applications received by the Academic Fair, May 13, 2009, will be given priority.

Major areas of study include agriculture, small farm management and applied horticulture.

Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.

Accepts Winter Enrollment: This program will accept new enrollment, with signature. Admission will be based upon an application and interview. Interested students should contact the faculty (360-867-6702, bramwels@evergreen.edu) or meet with him at the Academic Fair, December 2, 2009. Qualified students will be accepted on a space available basis.

Accepts Spring Enrollment: This program will accept new enrollment, with signature. Admission will be based upon an application and interview. Interested students should contact the faculty (360-867-6702, bramwels@evergreen.edu) or meet with him at the Academic Fair, December 2, 2009. Qualified students will be accepted on a space available basis.

The Practice of Sustainable Agriculture (PSA) program integrates theoretical and practical aspects of small-scale organic farming in the Pacific Northwest during the fall, winter and spring quarters. (Note the change in schedule from previous PSA Program offerings.) Each week of the program there will be eight hours of classroom instruction and twenty hours of hands-on work at Evergreen's Organic Farm.

The program’s academic portion will cover a variety of topics related to practical farm management, including annual and perennial plant propagation, entomology and pest management, plant pathology and disease management, weed biology and management, soil science, crop botany, animal husbandry/physiology, and orchard management. As part of their training, students will be required to develop and write farm management and business plans.

The practicum on Evergreen's organic farm will include hands-on instruction on a range of farm-related topics including greenhouse management and season extension techniques, farm-scale composting and vermiculture, farm equipment operation and maintenance, irrigation systems, mushroom cultivation, farm recordkeeping, and techniques for adding value to farm and garden products. Students will also have the opportunity to explore their personal agricultural interests through research projects. Each quarter we will visit farms that represent the ecological, social and economic diversity of agriculture in the Pacific Northwest. Students will also attend and participate in key sustainable and organic farming conferences within the region.

After completing the Practice of Sustainable Agriculture, students will have an understanding of a holistic approach to managing a small-scale sustainable farm operation in the Pacific Northwest.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 25

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: Approximately $175 per quarter for overnight field trips, conference costs and farm supplies.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in farm and garden management, state and county agriculture agencies and agricultural non-profit organizations.

Planning Units: Environmental Studies

Program Revisions

Date Revision
April 9th, 2009 Application information updated.
June 9th, 2009 Winter enrollment details added.