ENVIRON 465 - Interdisciplinary Environmental Topics
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Campus Farm Ecological and Organic Farming Practicum
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: SNE Program in the Environment
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Details

Credits:
3
Advisory Prerequisites:
At least one environmentally related course prior to this class.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s).
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This course offers hands-on understanding and foundational skill-building in the principles and practices of ecological and organic farming. Based at the UM Campus Farm at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, students will meet weekly for a farm walk (field-based lecture) exploring both the theory and practices associated with organic and ecological farming, including: soil management, cover cropping, pest, weed, and disease management, season extension with passive solar hoophouses, harvest and post-harvest handling, organic and food safety certification, farmscaping for ecosystem services, and the basics of sales and small farm business management. A variety of production techniques will be explored through an ecological and business lense with a focus on the systems used at UM Campus Farm to grow food for students by students through sales to MDining. In addition to weekly farm walks students will sign up for and complete 35 hours (3-4/wk) of hands-on work experience and skill-building during weeks 2 through 11 of the semester. Times available for fulfilling your hands-on farm experiences will occur Monday through Friday 8 am-5 pm, in a 3-4 hour block, embedded with Campus Farm student managers and staff.

Class Format:

The lecture and lab of this class will be in person and no online participation will be possible for the Fall 2021 term.

The lecture will meet weekly In-Person at the Matthai Bottanical Gardens (transportation from campus will be provided) for the first 10 weeks of classes. Students will set up a schedule with the instructor to work on the Campus Farm during that time for a total of 35 hrs to complete lab credits. Students will be expected to secure their own transportation to MBG for the days when they work on the farm for the lab section. Online/Remote instruction not available for this course.

Schedule

ENVIRON 465 - Interdisciplinary Environmental Topics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
30239
Open
2
 
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W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: The lecture portion of this class will meet for 10 weeks. During that time students will be expected to also complete a total of 35 hours working at the farm (average of 3-4 per week) to complete the lab portion of the class. These lab hours will vary and a schedule will be arranged in the first week of class. Transportation will be provided for lecture days. Students will be expected to secure their own transportation or carpool to the Botanical Gardens on the days when they complete lab hours.
002 (LAB)
 In Person
30240
Open
2
 
-
TBA
Note: The lecture portion of this class will meet for 10 weeks. During that time students will be expected to also complete a total of 35 hours working at the farm (average of 3-4 per week) to complete the lab portion of the class. These lab hours will vary and a schedule will be arranged in the first week of class. Transportation will be provided for lecture days. Students will be expected to secure their own transportation or carpool to the Botanical Gardens on the days when they complete lab hours.

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