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PREFACE:Why Organics?

INTRODUCTION

How to Use the Curriculum

UNIT 1 – SOIL

I. Introduction
II. Physical Properties of Soil
III. Soil Biology and Ecosystems
IV. Soil Nutrient Cycles
V. Unit Summary

UNIT 2 – SOIL MANAGEMENT

I. Introduction
II. Soil Air Management
III. Soil Water Management
IV. Organic Matter Management
V. Soil Mineral Management
VI. Tillage and Cultivation
VII. Unit Summary

UNIT 3 – PLANTS

I. Introduction
II. Basics of Plant Anatomy
III. Basics of Plant Physiology
IV. Plant Nutrient Uptake
V. Plant/Soil Relationships
VI. Unit Summary

UNIT 4 – PLANT APPLICATIONS

I. Introduction
II. Seeds and Seed Starting Techniques
III. Propagation
IV. Plant Varieties and Selection
V. Unit Summary

UNIT 5 – CROP MANAGEMENT

I. Introduction
II. Pest Control
III. Disease Control
IV. Weed control
V. Companion Planting
VI. Unit Summary

UNIT 6 – COMPOSTING

I. Introduction
II. Biological Processes of Composting
III. Materials
IV. Composting Management
V. Using Compost
VI. Unit Summary

UNIT 7 – ORGANIC MARKING AND CERTIFICATION

I. Introduction
II. Introduction to marketing
III. Marketing strategies
IV. Certification
V. Unit summary

UNIT 8- PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

I. Introduction
II. Garden Site Selection and Design
III. Soil Preparation
IV. Planting and Maintenance
V. Detailed Crop Guides for Recommended crops
VI. Unit Summary

APPENDIX

I. Store Wars video
II. Meatrix video
III. Georgia Organics Marketing video
IV. Georgia Organics public service announcement
V. Soils – short power point presentation
VI. Pest management – short power point presentation
VII. Composting – short power point presentation
VIII. Farmer Host/Speakers
IX. Feedback