Coursework • Units Lessons • Organic Standards  

The course is divided into three units and 12 organic farming skill building lessons, for students who have satisfied the two-year agricultural foundation prerequisites in AFNR and/or attained through real-world agriculture training and experience.

The curricular content is derived with permission from “Teaching Organic Farming and Gardening Instructors Manual” published by University of California, Santa Cruz.  

HANDS-ON CONTENT

“Teaching Organic Farming and Gardening”

Content Requirements: “Certified Organic Farm Technician”

Outlined in the NOP “Guidelines for Organic Crop Growers”

1. Organic History

2. Soil and Compost

Managing Soil Health                                          

Compost                                                              

Soil Test                                                               

Soil & Soil Physical Properties Resources            

3. Crops and Seeds (rotation, cover crops)

Propagation/Greenhouse Management              

Cover Crops                                                         

4. Weeds, Diseases & IPM

Pest Management                                               

Plant Pathogens                                                  

Weeds                                                                 

5. Recordkeeping for Organic System Plan

Recordkeeping