Propagation Of Vegetables for Field and Urban Agriculture

This course introduces the principles of the propagation of major horticulture field crops in the region. Basic coverage of vegetable crops including, but not limited to, legume, cole, root, tuber, leaf, stem perennial crops, summer and winter squash, peppers, sweet corn and tomatoes are presented. Production of selected herbs is introduced. Specialty crops of increasing importance particularly in ethnic markets are explored. Species that are particularly appropriate for community, home and balcony gardens are studied, also. Basic nutrition, water and growing condition requirements are addressed. Mainstream and organic production practices are covered in parallel as topics are developed. This course involves the lecture room, greenhouse, field or laboratory as appropriate from week to week. Harvesting and storage aspects of the production of vegetables are covered in a subsequent course.