Fundamentals of Organic Farming and Gardening
An Instructor’s Guide – Revised for 2009


Unit Overview
A basic knowledge of plant anatomy and physiology is essential for crop management.  Knowing more about plants allows management decisions that enhance their growth and development, meaning better quality and larger harvests.


Lesson Text
Lesson Plans


Teacher Demonstrations
1. Variety of plants or pictures of plants
2. Celery in a glass of colored water
3. Pictures or models of plant and animal cells
4. Plant and small chain to represent transpiration
5. Spanish moss on a branch (commensal) , a clover plant (including roots) (beneficial), and a diseased plant (parasitic).  Describe the three types of symbiotic relationships represented.


Riverview Farms Video
Focus Questions


Student Experiments and Activities
1. Plants Disassembled
2. Plant cells versus animal cells worksheet
3. Plant Hormones Worksheet
4. Vascular tissue comparison worksheet
5. Agricultural crop families


Power Point Presentations
1. Unit 3 presentation
2. Plant Morphology
3. Growth Regulators
4. Plant Structures