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HORT 1003: Organic Gardening: From Balconies to Backyards

Prerequisites: None
Typically Offered: Fall and Spring Semester, Completely Online
Description: Do you dream of growing your own food? Do you manage a community or school garden? Do you want to understand the ins and outs of your garden to make it more productive? Then Hort 1003 is for you! This fully online course will introduce you to the principles and practices of growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs with an ecological approach. You’ll explore basic botany, soils and compost, species and variety selection, planting for pollinators, garden planning and design, container gardening, pest management, season extension, and more so you can approach your gardening projects with confidence. No experience is required for this introductory course.

Evaluating information is also a component of this course. We find most of our information online these days and when it comes to something like gardening, there’s a lot of questionable content out there. How do we know what to trust? This course will help you determine that so you can get the right answers to all of your gardening questions.

Hort 1003 students engage in individual activities, social media, discussion forums, and video chats to explore topics, share ideas, and work together to solve problems in a community of learning.

Two multimedia projects replace a midterm and a final in Hort 1003. The assigned projects differ each semester, but may include documenting a trip to a garden center or nursery, a day exploring a garden, starting seeds at home, or creating a “lightning talk” about an advanced gardening technique. For these projects and other assignments throughout the course, students will need a digital camera with video capability (a smartphone works), basic video editing skills, and familiarity with social media, Google Drive, and common online content publishing platforms like YouTube.

Sample Module Videos
Professor: The course is taught by research fellow Emily Tepe.