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Course Description

Turn your backyard or small plot of land into an urban garden—a growing area of interest as we become more aware of where our food comes from.

Examine the concepts of crop rotation, harvest scheduling, and direct seeding. By focusing on production planning and growing techniques, you will be in a better position to successfully grow a variety of vegetable crops.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of goal setting in relation to production and crop plans
  • Describe the many components involved in successful vegetable production including; health plants and soils, field preparations, tools and materials, irrigation setup, pest and weed management, season extension techniques.
  • Identify the key factors involved in selecting an appropriate growing site and create a site map
  • Explain the steps of seed selection, seeding production, direct seeding, and transplanting, and create a seeding and planting schedule
  • Describe harvesting and post-harvest handling procedures and create a harvest schedule
  • Develop a complete production plan from seed to harvest that is appropriate for small-scale or urban vegetable production.

Course Topics

  • Basic Plant Needs
  • Soil and Fertility
  • Site Selection
  • Vegetable Crops
  • Seeds and Seeding Production
  • Direct Seeding and Transplanting
  • Field Preparation, Making Beds and Soil Management 
  • Irrigation and Weeds
  • Pests, Diseases and Crop Protection
  • Harvesting and Post-Harvest Handling
  • Season Extension
  • Production Planning
  • Urban Agriculture

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • You can expect to spend 8 to 12 hours per week to complete the course content, readings, activities, discussions and assignments.

Issues in Urban Agriculture and Vegetable Production complete an area of focus in Urban Agriculture.

Vegetable Production is a new course in the Horticulture program.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.

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