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Agroecology - EEB 405

3 credits

Prerequisites: BIOLOGY 171 and BIOLOGY 281/ENVIRON 281 or permission of instructor

Satisfies requirements for: BS, PitE Practical Experience, Biology Lab, and EEB Field/Research

Meets: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Instructor: Nate Haan

Course Description

Farms are ecosystems! This course will view agriculture through the lens of ecology and explore pathways to sustainable food production.

You will gain foundational knowledge about soils, plants, insects, and ecosystem processes, applying it to a range of topics like crop rotation, cover cropping, pest suppression, innovative grazing systems, biodiversity conservation, and more. Much of our time will be outdoors with hands-on experience gardening, conducting experiments, and visiting farms. We will visit with farmers ranging from small-scale organic growers who sell at farmers markets to commodity growers who use innovative practices at larger spatial scales.