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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin
Appalachian State University
  Feb 19, 2018
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

S D 5100 - Agroecology Practices, Systems and Philosophies (4)

When Offered: On Demand
This course will provide an in-depth exploration of (1) the ethical and philosophical roots of conventional and alternative agriculture, and (2) the biological, economic and social aspects of different agricultural systems and practices developed in response to perceived shortcomings of conventional modern agriculture. Alternative practices and systems to be compared and contrasted in this course include nature farming, permaculture, biodynamic agriculture, biointensive gardening, and agroforestry (additional systems and practices may be added or substituted based on class interest and consensus). In laboratories, students will have the opportunity to (1) learn about, and gather basic data on the biophysical, ecological and social aspects of the Sustainable Development Teaching and Research farm that are necessary to start and operate a garden based on sustainable principles; (2) combine theory and practice of vegetable, fruit and/or small animal production using a ‘learning-by-doing’ approach; and (3) provide leadership to work teams of students on the farm.
Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours.