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Organic Agriculture Education at Cal Poly

Opportunity to participate in organic production through the offering of enterprise project classes.

Overview

The organic farm offers students from across campus the opportunity to participate in organic production through the offering of enterprise project classes. These classes allow students without any prior experience to plant, care harvest and market organic vegetables. Students also participate in weekly discussions of topics related to agriculture in general and specifically organic production and certification. Class time also includes a “vegetable of the week” that includes discussions about the growth, nutrition and uses for a variety of seasonal vegetables. This “field to fork” experience teaches students how agriculture works and empowers them as consumers.


Enterprise Course Offerings

CRSC 203 Organic Farming Enterprise Project (2) (CR/NC)
Beginning field experience in production and marketing of organic vegetable and fruit crops, under faculty supervision. Project participation subject to approval by department head and Cal Poly Corporation. Degree credit limited to 4 units. Credit/No Credit grading only. 1 lecture, 1 unit of independent study.

CRSC 402 Enterprise Project Management (2–4) (CR/NC)
Advanced experience in production of an agronomic crop. Development of a plan for field operations, a marketing plan, and a budget. Management decision-making. Project participation is subject to approval by the department head and the Cal Poly Corporation. Degree credit limited to 4 units. Credit/No Credit grading only. 1 lecture, variable practicum. Prerequisite: CRSC 202, and consent of instructor.

VGSC 202 Enterprise Project (2) (CR/NC)
Beginning field experience in production and marketing of a vegetable crop, under faculty supervision. Project participation is subject to approval by the department head and the Cal Poly Corporation. Degree credit limited to 4 units. Credit/No Credit grading only. 1 lecture and 1 unit of independent study. Prerequisite: HCS 110, or consent of instructor.

VGSC 402 Enterprise Project Management (2) (CR/NC)
Advanced experience in the production of vegetable crops. Development of a plan for field operations, a marketing plan, and a budget. Management decision-making. Project participation is subject to approval by the department head and the Cal Poly Corporation. Degree credit limited to 4 units. Credit/No Credit grading only. 1 lecture and 1 unit of independent study. Prerequisite: VGSC 202, and consent of instructor. We encourage Cal Poly classes to the farm for a learning site. Courses such as entomology, weed science, precision farming, nutrition, and holistic management regularly use the farm site and staff.

Other course offerings on campus include:
AG 315 Organic Agriculture
AG 450 Applied Holistic Management
UNIV 330 Cal Poly Land: Nature, Technology and Society (GE Area F)

Additionally, the organic farm serves as a living laboratory for other classes to visit and use as a demonstration area for a variety of different topics including soil science, nutrition, pest management, land use, vegetable production practices.