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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
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HORT 1027 - Sustainable Horticulture

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3Lab None
Course Description: This course focuses on ways to effectively employ environmentally-friendly production methods in commercial horticulture as well as in the maintenance of public and private spaces. Students will apply organic best practices in plant and crop production in the campus greenhouses. The course covers current organic certification processes, the use of biocontrols for pest management, and sustainable methods to promote soil and plant health.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Approved practices for organic production
  2. Conserving and protecting the soil
  3. Earth-friendly landscape practices
  4. Sustainable plant production methods
  5. Energy conservation strategies for sustainable horticulture
  6. Sustainable horticulture in the commercial environment
  7. Pesticide usage and its impact on the environment
  8. Preventing pollution to water and air
  9. USDA organic grower certification requirements
  10. Managing soil fertility

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. explain the environmental tensions spurred by increasing productivity and profitability demands.
  2. use current best practices for conserving natural resources.
  3. discuss current energy conservation practices that benefit the environment.
  4. identify sources of pollution caused by some current agricultural/horticultural practices.
  5. practice plant growing methods that are beneficial to the environment.
  6. differentiate plant growing practices that are beneficial or harmful to the environment.
  7. select fertilizers and pesticides that are appropriate for the environment.

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