Module IV: Apples, Beets, and Zinnias: Sustainable Horticulture

This module is designed to be taught in as little as 5 hours of class time. However, if you take advantage of the student project options and more in-depth activities, the unit will take up to 15 hours of class time.

Thus, each section can be presented in one classroom hour, or it can be expanded.

This module builds on the concepts presented in Module 1, “Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture.” If students are not already familiar with the ideas in Module 1, teachers should begin by presenting sections 1 and 2 of Module 1. This material can be presented in two classroom hours.

Guiding questions for Module IV:

  1. How does fruit and vegetable production fit into Wisconsin and Iowa’s food system?
  2. How does Iowa and Wisconsin’s horticultural production fit into the agro-ecosystem?
  3. What can farmers and consumers do to improve the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of Wisconsin and Iowa’s fruit, vegetable, and ornamental production and use?

List of Contents for Module IV:

Section A: Fruits and Vegetables in the Food System

Section B: Encountering Real Examples

Section C: Agroecology of Horticultural Production

Section D: The Economics of Sustainable Horticulture

Section E: Slow Food – A Different Choice


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