ENVS 154 Principles of Sustainable Agriculture
Time: Tuesdays, 1:30-6:15
Location: Environmental Studies Garden behind WSQ, and on-farm fieldtrips
Analysis of and practicum in environmentally sustainable methods of food production, emphasizing biological diversity, water conservation, air quality, social equity and economic justice. Special focus on primary research in natural and social sciences for sustainable agriculture. Field trips and labs. Prerequisite: ENVS 001 and GE B2 course, or instructor consent. Misc/Lab: Lecture 3 hours/lab 2 hours.
Field Trip Dec 3: Driscoll's strawberries
Meet at 151 Silliman Road
at 2:30 p.m.
Please DO prepare lab 23(4th one) in your notebook-- read the article by Reaganold et al (found here) and be prepared to ask questions about it and anything else you would like to know from the Driscoll's staff.
I will collect the lab books and typed lab reports at the end of the field trip.
November 26, meet at Garden: Lab 24 (Market lab), and finish labs 7,19
Remember! Go to at least one market and fill out the data sheet for lab 24 on page 279 of your labbook-- DO include price. Get all other information to the degree that it is possible.
November 12 : Lab 23 (3), ALBA
This week we will visit ALBA Organics, 1700 Old Stage Road, Salinas, CA.
It is 1 hour and 20 minutes away- CARPOOL and leave promptly. We will start at 2:45.
We will use the lab 23 framework (farmer interview), but the topic is labor in agriculture-- I have also uploaded readings on farmworkers in California that I would like you to read in addition to chapter 23
Commenting on proposed new farm management regulations
We have an opportunity to comment on proposed legislation that can affect the sustainability of farming in California very dramatically: the "Food Safety and Modernization Act" (not an accurate name).
Comments are due this Friday, November 15.
IF YOU SUBMIT A COMMENT (and copy me), you will receive extra credit for this course.
Urban farming Field Trip November 5: Lab 23(2)
We will be meeting at Emma Prusch Farm Park, at the corner of King and Storey in San Jose, at 1:45 p.m. to visit Veggielution Community Farm. Please prepare interview questions (Lab 23) for this field trip. Please dress for the weather, and wear closed-toed shoes. The visit will be fun, and we may even do some work at the farm.
Field Trip October 15, Live Earth Farm, LAB 18-- Mapping and biodiversity
Read Chapter 22 from the textbook and remember that we will be doing lab 18, the mapping lab. We will meet at 2:30 p.m. at Live Earth Farm in Watsonville. Directions are available at the links below.
Field trip, Lab 22, October 1
Don't forget to prepare the ENERGY Lab 22, not 23, for this week's field trip! Prepare the Introduction, questions, materials and methods on a loose piece of paper that you can attach into your lab books when you get them back. We will meet on site as close to 2:30 as possible(directions at link below).
Food to share should be finger food, as the amenities are rustic.
Chapters 1,2, and 12; Lab 1 and Intro