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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 1
Hours: 12 lecture per quarter (12 total per quarter)
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify requirements for a community garden.
  • Maintain a community garden.


Standards and techniques for developing community-based gardens, including community plots, maintenance of contracted plots and management of garden-oriented non-profit gardens. Topics include site selection, development of planting beds, selection of plant species, cultural management of crops, harvesting and marketing of crops.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Identify markets for produce.
B. Select sites and prepare for gardens.
C. Select crops for gardens.
D. Plant vegetables.
E. Maintain vegetables.
F. Harvest produce.

Course Content

A. Identify markets for produce.
1. Assess local markets for product consumption.
2. Assess produce requirements of local grocery stores.
3. Identify the desire for private vegetable garden plots.
B. Site selection and preparation for gardens.
1. Determine soil conditions.
2. Identify growing areas, containers or planters.
3. Locate utility connections for irrigation.
4. Identify access for garden use.
C. Crop selection for gardens.
1. Identify crops appropriate for local regions.
2. Identify crops for local climate.
3. List species that will work in a local agriculture system.
D. Planting vegetables.
1. Prepare the soil.
2. Install plants.
3. Mulch and perform post-planting care.
E. Maintaining vegetables.
1. List necessary cultural requirements.
2. Water plants.
3. Perform pest control.
4. Amend soil and fertilize plants.
F. Harvesting produce.
1. Determine crop ripeness.
2. Pick or harvest crops.
3. Prepare crops for delivery.
4. Transport crops to consumers.

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Classroom with multi-media equipment.
B. Lab with growing area.
C. Gardening tools and equipment.
D. Building for tool and equipment storage and maintenance.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

A. Taking objective exams.
B. Writing about community gardening topics.

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:

A. Listening to lectures from instructor.
B. Working in gardens.
C. Listening to guest speakers.
D. Discussing issues with classmates.
E. Taking field trips to other community gardens.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Raskin, Ben. The Community Gardening Handbook. Companion House Books, 2017.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Reading 20-30 pages from assigned text weekly.
B. Reading from handouts and websites weekly.
C. Writing summary of crop productions.
D. Writing on trends in community gardening.


Ornamental Horticulture