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 Course Title:   Mixed Orchard Production


 Department:    ENVAG

 Course #:    124

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    6

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Covers year-round orchard biology and management from orchard design to planting, grafting, pruning, and thinning. Includes disease and herbivory management for pome fruit, stone fruit, and berry fruit productions.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 44

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Manage soil fertility for fruit, nut, and berry production.
  2. Manage irrigation for fruit, nut, and berry production.
  3. Apply principles of Integrated Pest Management to manage pests in fruit, nut, and berry crops.
  4. Propagate, grow, and harvest fruit, nut, and berry crops.
  5. Identify and select bio-regionally appropriate fruit, nut, and berry crops for seasonal and successive growing.
  6. Describe cultural requirements for bio-regionally appropriate fruit, nut, and berry crops.
  7. Demonstrate appropriate pruning, propagation, and training techniques for fruit, nut, and berry crops.
  8. Describe appropriate harvest and storage requirements and techniques for fruit, nut, and berry crops.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.5 Analyze and reflect upon insights gained from integrating multiple perspectives in a purposeful project or experience.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.4 Evaluate issues (for example economic, legal, historic, social) surrounding the use of information.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.4 Understand the concept of local/global stewardship, and its ethical components, to communities and environments.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

Course Contents

  1. Forest-edge ecology.
  2. Orchard biology, health, and biodiversity.
  3. Orchard design and permaculture principles.
  4. Orchard plant variety and rootstock selection.
  5. Orchard planting, pruning, grafting, and thinning; orchard soil fertility.
  6. Orchard pollination.
  7. Orchard holistic and organic pest, disease, and herbivory management.
  8. Orchard pome fruit production (apples, pears, Asian pears, quince).
  9. Orchard stone fruit production (cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums).
  10. Orchard berry fruit production (brambles, bushes, shrubs).
  11. Year-round orchard management.