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Printed on 9/26/2016

Natural Food Production Technician

20-006-4 Certificate (C) 6 Credits Not Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Whether you want to produce food for yourself or for others, you’ll find that this certificate will give you the skills you need. You’ll learn how to use sustainable practices for soil and water, as well as growing produce. Courses include everything from soil building to the business aspects of growing food.


*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Course Title
Course Number
Produce Processing and Preparation
Provides students with instruction and demonstration on proper harvesting methods for optimal flavor and nutritional value. Students will learn easy cooking methods that will focus on utilizing their harvest. Preservation methods of canning, freezing, and drying will also be presented.
Growing Produce
Covers basic plant growth processes from vegetables to cover crops, along with propagation methods to include seed harvesting. Vegetables will be grown, maintained, and harvested using a tactical experience of managing garden plots.
Soil Building
Covers sustainable processes of changing the soil to include composting, lasagna gardening, and soil fertility. Students will experience hands-on methods for building soil organic matter, changing soil structure, and retaining soil nutrients.
Business, Direct Marketing and Public Relations
Explores methods for starting a sustainable consumables production business with an emphasis on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). The class covers concepts of marketing, distribution, and public relations. Instruction includes visiting various direct marketing locations and local farm markets.

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