Seminar on Alternatives in Agriculture

by cbishop — last modified Nov 23, 2010 05:25 AM

UC Davis students: A group of students from several undergraduate majors and graduate programs are working with Student Farm Director Mark Van Horn to coordinate the annual seminar on alternatives in agriculture for the Winter 2011 quarter.

Course Announcement - Winter 2011
Alternatives in Agriculture Seminar Series (PLS 190 – IAD 290)
The Winter 2011 Alternatives in Agriculture Seminar will explore diverse aspects of, and perspectives on, agricultural and food systems, with a focus on alternative approaches. We will hear from farmers, community organizers, researchers, educators and others who will describe their work and tell their stories, and we will look for common themes in their situations, efforts, successes and challenges.
We will examine a number of topics related to themes such as:

  • Opportunities and challenges for beginning and small scale farmers
  • Issues relevant to both rural and urban populations such as food shed assessments, farm-to-school programs and urban agriculture projects
  • Ecosystem services in agriculture and on-farm habitat: benefits, incentives, and conflicts and other interaction related to food safety, sustainability, and nutritional quality issues

The course format will include presentations by guest speakers, panel discussions and student led discussions. 
Tuesdays 4:10 to 6:00, 101 Bowley

Registration information:
Undergraduates: enroll in PLS 190 (sec 1)       CRN 37805
Graduates:  enroll in IAD 290 (sec 1)     CRN 28865
This course is graded P/NP (PLS 190) or S/U (IAD 290)
For information, contact: Mark Van Horn,, (530) 752-7645



Says Felecia Berg on Dec 04, 2010 12:45 AM
Is this for only UC Davis Students? Are you going to offer online information? I attend Butte College and I run the Chicken Hawk Ranch Initiative for Sustainability. It is a pilot program in development. We are developing an organic gardening project to assist foster children. I am taking and accelerated winter class here in the mornings. I would be interested in an after noon class on Tuesdays.

Answer to question about non-student enrollment

Says cbishop on Jan 07, 2011 04:10 AM
Non-students can enroll in UC Davis classes, on a space-available basis, through “Open Campus.” Because the instructor needs to certify that space is available in the course, open campus registration can’t be done before the start of the quarter. See for details. This course is not available online. --Mark Van Horn


Says Ford on Jan 07, 2011 04:10 AM
What's up with LTRAS, or whatever you're calling it these days? Nothing worth blogging about?

Answer to question about LTRAS

Says cbishop on Feb 07, 2011 06:16 PM
LTRAS (the Long Term Research on Agricultural Systems) is part of our Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility ( We're in the process of updating the Russell Ranch website, and we'll provide some program updates soon.

Thanks for your interest!
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