The Garden to Market Specialist Technical Diploma is a 30 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

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AGRICULTURAL ACCOUNTING (10091186)

2.00

Introduces the key concepts that a businessperson needs to understand. Learners explore three primary financial statements: the balance sheet, the income statement and the cash flow statement. Application of accounting processes: cash and accrual methods, recording business transactions, making a trial balance, creating financial statements and keeping records. Examination of various benchmarks utilizing financial statements.

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INTRODUCTION TO SOILS (10093102)

2.00

Examines basic soil and plant relationships. Soil fertility is important in considering the role that the soil plays with regard to the availability of nutrients to plants. Learners will study nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, calcium and magnesium as it relates to soil condition. Learners will practice appropriate sampling, analyzing and interpretation of soil sample results.

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COLLEGE 101 (10890165)

1.00

Examines proven strategies designed to help learners achieve greater personal, academic, and professional success. Learners will apply personal responsibility thinking and behaviors; self- management, awareness, and motivation strategies; as well as interdependence skills to develop a proactive life plan.

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ORIENTATION TO THE GREENHOUSE INDUSTRY (31001100)

1.00

Explores the scope of the greenhouse sector, including career opportunities. Familiarizes learners with the Agriculture Center of Excellence and standard operating procedures. Learners will begin to develop a strategic college plan. Learners will be exposed to the various opportunities available throughout their program of study.

CONTAINER GARDENING (31001101)

1.00

Choosing the right plants, selecting the containers and tools, and caring for the plants throughout the growing season is covered. Small space container gardens can provide a bounty of food in a very small space.

PLANT SCIENCE BASICS (31001102)

2.00

Examines plant development, structure and functions. Learners will gain the necessary skills to identify common garden crops in Wisconsin. Through hands-on exploration, text and classroom activities, learners will practice identifying parts of plants and weeds.

DESIGNING AND TIMING YOUR GARDEN (31001103)

2.00

Utilizing planning and space saving techniques, learners will develop a wide range of garden designing options available. Additionally, Wisconsin weather should be considered when creating the garden design. Learners will outline when and where to plant and harvest cool and warm season plants.

GREENHOUSE OPERATION 1 (31001104)

2.00

Greenhouse parts, structure, and coverings along with environmental controls will be covered throughout this course. Learners will actively participate in the operation of a greenhouse and hoop house as they determine methods of monitoring temperature, ventilation, and plant growth.

PEST AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT (31001105)

2.00

Researches the latest science-based recommendations for battling garden problems. Throughout this course, students will learn to identify pests and plant diseases. Learners will determine what corrective action should be taken, if any.

PLANT GROWTH & HEALTH (31001106)

2.00

Examines plant development, structure and factors that affect plant growth. Through hands-on experience, text lab and classroom activities, learners will examine environmental effects, growing media, irrigation, and nutrients necessary to grow healthy plant.

HEIRLOOM & HERITAGE VARIETIES (31001107)

1.00

Examines a wide variety of heirloom and heritage plants. Learners will research plant profiles including, plant identification, flavor notes, and growing guidelines needed to successfully grow a variety of heir loom and heritage plants.

GREENHOUSE OPERATION 2 (31001108)

1.00

Builds on the content in Greenhouse Operation 1 by providing the learners additional hands-on experience managing a greenhouse structure on a year-round bases. Greenhouse parts, structures, and coverings along with environmental controls will be covered throughout this course. Learners will actively participate in the operation of a greenhouse and hoop house as they determine methods of monitoring temperature, ventilation, and plant growth.

AGRICULTURE SALES & PROMOTION (10091180)

2.00

Introduces professional characteristics and qualities expected of an agriculture sales professional. Learners will develop a complete marketing plan including a market analysis. Further, learners will develop a sales proposal and create news articles, advertisements and merchandizing displays.

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MERCHANDISING PRODUCE APPLICATIONS (31001109)

3.00

Entrepreneurship applications of operating a small market garden will be examined. Learners will actively grow and produce a wide variety of garden crops. Learners will simulate a small market garden business as they determine inventory, storage, sales, pricing, profit, and loss for their business.

FRUITS & NUTS (31001110)

2.00

Examines all elements of growing, caring for, and harvesting everything from strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries to orchard fruits like apples, pears, peaches, cherries, almonds, and walnuts.

GREENHOUSE OPERATION 3 (31001111)

2.00

Builds on the content in Greenhouse Operation 1 and Greenhouse Operation 2 by providing the learners additional hands-on experience managing a greenhouse structure on a year-round bases. Greenhouse parts, structures, and coverings along with environmental controls will be covered throughout this course. Learners will actively participate in the operation of a greenhouse and hoop house as they determine methods of monitoring temperature, ventilation, and plant growth.

GREENHOUSE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (31001112)

3.00

Explores basic entrepreneurial concepts, identifying resources that may assist the agriculture business and family in meeting their goals. Applies theory in the development of a business plan: managing risk, budgeting, financial resource acquisition and business structure. Learners explore various techniques and alternatives used in operating an agriculture business.

Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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