HRT 251: Organic Farming Principles and Practices
Dr. John Biernbaum (lead)
1066 Bogue Street, Room A440-C
East Lansing, MI 48824-1325
Credits and Offerings
- 3 credits
- Spring semester of every year
- Develop an understanding of the historical, biological and ecological basis for Organic farming including crop and livestock management.
- Understand the USDA National Organic Program rules and an Organic Systems Plan.
- Learn the basic principles of organic matter management to feed the soil food web through the use of cover crops, compost and other organic and mineral amendments.
- Learn the basic principles of managing biodiversity, crop rotations, non-crop competitors (weeds) and plant health for productive cropping systems with minimal off-farm resources.
- Understand the foundation of organic animal husbandry and the integration of crops and animals on the organic farm.
- Develop critical and creative thinking skills with a systems approach to agriculture for multiple and diverse farming systems including vegetables, fruit, field crops and livestock and use the skills for development of a group farming systems plan.
- Understand the social, economic, political and environmental context for current and future organic agriculture production and sales.
- Demonstrate ability to knowledgeably discuss principles and practices of organic agriculture.
- 12 Short Written Activities
- 12 Weekly Reading Reflections
- Organic Farming System Group Project and Presentation
- Final Comprehensive Oral Exam