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Organic Agriculture: Ecological Agriculture and the Ethics of Sustainability

Ecology Maymester/Through Session Organic Agriculture Courses

For students who would like to have a summer experience of planting, managing, and harvesting their own organic garden, as well as hands-on experience with agroforestry, farm animals and fruit trees, the Agroecology laboratory of the Odum School of Ecology is offering 7 hours credit for Ecology 3700 and 3710-3710L (Organic Agriculture and the Ethics of Sustainability/ Organic Agriculture Practicum).

Topics include:

  • Introduction: Spring Valley Ecofarms
  • What is Organic Agriculture?
  • Vegetable gardens: seeds and crops
  • Insect Pests: Integrated Pest Management
  • Plant Pathology: Causes and Prevention of Plant Disease
  • Soils and Nutrient Cycling
  • Agroforestry
  • Livestock and Poultry in an integrated farming system
  • Weeds/Ecological succession
  • Mixed Species Forest Plantations
  • Systems Ecology and Agriculture
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Ecological Economics/Agricultural Policy

NOTE: In 2012, the course will be offered as ECOL 3710-3710L for 4 hours credit during fall semester instead of Maymester/Summer Through Session. The course takes place at Spring Valley Ecofarms, a 100 acre farm located just 4.5 miles from campus. 

Open to all undergraduates. Students must register for both courses. No prerequisites required except willingness to work outdoors.

For More Information

Dr. Carl Jordan
Senior Research Scientist & Public Service Associate Emeritus


Course Site

Spring Valley EcoFarms