This course emphasizes activities at an individual farm scale, presenting basic design principles and examples of environmentally and economically sustainable agriculture systems. The student will develop an understanding of the decisions made on the farm and the science behind them, including assessment and improvement of soil quality; management of water and fertility; species, variety/breed, and land-use determinations; and evaluation and control of pests. Techniques such as crop rotation, green manuring, intercropping, rotational grazing, integrated pest management, and time and resource budgeting will be addressed. There is no formal lab, but extensive use will be made of the College Farm and Organic Garden to illustrate the course content.
Prerequisite: Junior Standing. ENS 249 Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture and ENS 330 Soil Science.