Dec 01, 2021
HORT 2051 - Fruit and Vegetable Crops for Local Markets Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 2Lab 2
Course Description: Growing and marketing fruit and vegetable crops in the Midwest requires a knowledge of the varieties and methods that are suited to local processing, marketing, and consumption. Increasing demand for local produce offers fruit and vegetable growers new opportunities to increase volume and profit margins and to develop niche markets. Crops covered in this course include small fruits, tree fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
- Food systems and local production
- Crop culture, varieties and marketing
- History of community gardens and CSA operations
- Processing and marketing opportunities
- Fruit crops
- Vegetable crops
- Good agricultural practices (GAP) for food production
- Hydroponics and aquaponics
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- describe hydroponic and aquaponics production systems.
- suggest good agricultural practices (GAP) for production and food handling.
- grow and harvest fruit and vegetable crops.
- identify marketing opportunities for locally grown crops.
- describe the components of large scale and local food systems.
- propose sustainable and profitable production methods
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