2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Sep 22, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

AGS 157 - Community Supported Agriculture


Description: Production methods for scheduling crops for available space, seasonality, and customer need. Creation and implementation of plans for distribution and marketing sustainable, organic, and pesticide-free agriculture products.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 2
Lab: 3

Course Content:
  1. Marketable crop identification 
  2. Facility benefits and limitations 
  3. Production scheduling 
  4. Harvest 
  5. Storage 
  6. Marketing 
  7. Pricing 
  8. Distribution 
  9. Packaging 
  10. Profit and loss 
  11. Growing methods 

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Formulate a growing, producing, marketing and distribution plan based on the resources available. (1-7) 
  2. Determine crops that have potential for sale in the region. (1,3,4,6) 
  3. Choose the best production system for a chosen crop promoting organic, pesticide-free, and sustainable crops. (11) 
  4. Experiment with different products, price, packaging and seasonality to break norms of conventional agriculture. (1, 3, 5-7) 
  5. Recommend production techniques to improve quality and marketability of agricultural products. (4) 
  6. Set prices on items as determined by industry. (5) 
  7. Track and report production goals. (3) 
  8. Track labor, supplies and facility costs. (10) 
  9. Develop a profit and loss statement for the season. (7, 10) 
  10. Amend production plans to meet the changing need of customer base. (3,4) 
  11. Classify crops by warm season or cool season. (1) 
  12. Utilize and develop unique packaging materials for ready-for-market products. (7) 
  13. Critique, customize and recommend growing methods for the production classes. (9) 
  14. Harvest crops at optimum times to ensure freshness and flavor. (4) 
  15. Store products to extend the distribution potential without reducing quality. (5) 
  16. Analyze and reflect on the season's production and make recommendations for the next. (2-11)