2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Student Originated Studies: Local Agriculture

Fall quarter

Faculty: Melissa Barker farm and agricultural studies

Fields of Study: agriculture, botany, environmental studies and natural history

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10406 (16) Jr - Sr; 10563 (1-16)  Signature Required Interested students should download and complete an application and submit it to Melissa barkerm@evergreen.edu Students with a clear idea of their learning objectives will be given priority. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Qualified students will be accepted until the program fills.  

Credits: 16(F)

Class Standing: Junior - Senior

Offered During: Day


This SOS will support students in the study of local agriculture systems in conjunction with an internship on a local farm. This program is ideal for responsible, enthusiastic, and self-motivated students with an interest in local agriculture or food systems. Each student will create an individual course of academic learning including an internship or field research project.

Course work for the quarter will include required weekly group meetings, maintenance of a field journal to capture on-farm learning, weekly readings, group discussion papers, and a final paper and presentation. Students will be required to attend weekly group meetings. In these group meetings, students will explore timely and relevant issues to small scale, local, and direct market farms and farmers. These agricultural issues may include appropriate scale technology, nutrient cycling, water use and law, food production regulations, finances, and other relevant issues decided upon by the group. The on-farm internships will provide the foundation for exploring relevant farming topics and give a richer and broader basis for discussion.

Maximum Enrollment: 12

Required Fees: $25 for food labs.

Internship Required: Fall: 12-credit internship required. Where appropriate, the instructor will work with students to identify and locate appropriate internships or research projects.

Preparatory for studies or careers in: organic agriculture, food systems, farming, and state and federal agencies.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
October 6th, 2010 Fees updated.