OLP300 - Advanced Concepts in Growing Food

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Subject Title
Advanced Concepts in Growing Food

Subject Description
While we currently have plenty of food, it is so lacking in vital nutrients that diseases, and health care costs, run rampant. Degradation of the world?s agricultural soils are resulting in diminishing capacity to support human food production, where increasing toxic chemicals, that deplete the soil?s nutrients, also decreases our food?s nutrients. This course focusses on replenishing and rebalancing soil nutrients with the goal of growing not just food, but complete nutrition, for ourselves and our animals. Topics include: the complexity of nutrient uptake by plants, soil nutrient patterns and desired nutrient content, soil microbiology, soil test interpretation, fertilizers and fertilizer calculations, and rapidly growing field of energetic solutions.

Credit Status
3 credits (42 hours) toward the Organic Land Care Advanced – Level 3 Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Value the role of nutrition in human health
  2. Describe the concept of nutrient dense food.
  3. Describe the contributing factors to loss of soil fertility.
  4. Discuss the concept of ideal soil nutrient ratios.
  5. Develop fertilizer recommendations from a soil test.
  6. Discuss how subtle earth and cosmic energies can be harnessed to improve food nutrient value.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
Module 1:  Nutrient Density in Human Nutrition
Module 2:  Soil and Civilizations
Module 3:  Soil Nutrient Content
Module 4:  Soil Nutrient Balance
Module 5:  Principles of Nutrient Uptake by Plants
Module 6:  Soil Microbiology & Fertility
Module 7:  Soil Test Interpretation
Module 8:  Fertilizer Math
Module 9:  Developing a Fertility Program
Module 10:  Biodynamics
Module 11:  Paramagnetism
Module 12:  Dowsing and Energy Structures
Module 13:  Radionics and Broadcast Towers

Mode of Instruction
This subject will be delivered via the internet. This involves the use of the online materials and/or text, possible group discussions and consultation with your instructor via the online course platform. Students will be responsible for completing all online activities and participating in group discussions and working through textbook readings, quizzes, assignments, as required.

Prescribed Texts

Title: The Intelligent Gardener
Author: Steve Solomon
Publisher: New Society Publishers, B.C.,2013
ISBN: 978-0-86571-718-3
Title: Paramagnetism
Author: Philip Callahan
Publisher: ACRES USA, 1995
ISBN: 978-0-911311-49-5

Reference Material
Soil Test – directions given in class

Required Supplies
Refractometer – directions given in class

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
A passing grade in this course is a minimum of 75% for each assignments and a minimum of 75% for the discussion participation.  A certificate of completion with a final grading of Excellent (over 90%) or Satisfactory (75 – 89%) will be awarded when the minimum passing grade has been achieved. Below passing grade of 75% constitutes a failing grade (Unsatisfactory).

Format for Assignments
Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Assignments and Grading

Detailed assignment pages will be available for each assignment.  
Discussion Board Commentaries and Responses (6) 17%
Assignments  (6) 80%
Questionaire (1)  3%

All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

Approved by: Denis Gravelle