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Prairie Horticulture Course Information

2021-22 Prairie Horticulture Schedule

Term 1: September 13, 2021 - November 19, 2021

Term 2: January 17, 2022 - March 25, 2022

Term 3: March 28, 2022 - June 3, 2022

Applied Botany: University of Saskatchewan

AGRC-0017 (60 hrs - 6 credits)

Introduces basic plant anatomy at the cellular level and whole organ level and investigates the significant processes throughout a plant’s lifecycle. Thorough coverage is given to plant classification and naming, with a stress on botanical grammar. Basic propagation, plant hormones, pollination, fruit set and ripening are discussed. This course focuses on factors of importance to prairie horticulture, including comprehensive coverage of climatic factors and discussion of diseases.

Tuition: $686.40
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Winter, and Spring

Recommended Textbook:

  1. Botany for Gardeners: An Introduction and Guide; Capon, Brian ISBN-10: 160469095X Approx. $29.95
  2. How Plants Work: The Science Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do; Chalker-Scott, Linda ISBN-10: 160469338X Approx. $29.95

Call the U of S bookstore at (306) 966-4465 or 1-888-214-8888, or order online at www.usask.ca/bookstore

Arboriculture: Olds College

AGRC-0029 (60 hrs - 6 credits)

Introduces the basic terminology used in arboriculture, the principles of installation, and care and maintenance of trees and shrubs in the landscape. This course also addresses the effect s of the environment on growth and development of woody plants

Tuition: $499.00

Term(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

Note: It is recommended that students complete Applied Botany and Soils for Horticulture before registering in Arboriculture. It is also recommended to have prior or concurrent knowledge in Woody Landscape Plants and Safe Work/Pesticides.

Basics of Horticulture Business Management: Olds College

BUSN-0124 (30 hrs - 3 credits)

Introduces the basics of business management within the horticulture industry. Students gain an understanding of the characteristics of a small business and the principles of small business organizations; financial performance, budgeting and human resource management for the small business.

Tuition: $499.00
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Winter, and Spring

Required Textbook:

  1. Small Business Management: Launching and Growing New Ventures. 6th Canadian Edition. Longenecker, Justin * [et al.]. Nelson. ISBN: 0-17-653221-8. Approximate cost: $137.95. (This textbook is also recommended for Basics of Horticulture Marketing.)

Call 1.800.661.6537 ext. 4630 to order textbook when registering for this course.

Basics of Horticulture Marketing: Olds College

MKTG-0049 (30 hrs - 3 credits)

This course introduces basics of marketing within the Horticulture industry. Students will gain an understanding of the fundamental marketing elements of the Canadian and Prairie horticultural industry, including: basic principles of marketing, principles of consumer behaviour, price-setting, and credit granting strategies, sales process, the elements of distribution channels in domestic and global markets

Tuition: $499.00
Term(s) Offered: Fall and Winter

Recommended Textbook:

  1. Small Business Management: Launching and Growing New Ventures. 6th Canadian Edition. Longenecker, Justin * [et al.]. Nelson. ISBN: 0-17-653221-8. Approximate cost: $137.95.

Call 1.800.661.6537 ext. 4630 to order textbook when registering for this course.

Cannabis Crop Production: Olds College

AGRC-0297 (60 hrs – 6 credits)

Introduces cannabis specific botany and production requirements in both a greenhouse and warehouse
setting. Topics include: plant growth cycle, genetics, propagation, pest management, integrated crop management (ICM) and harvesting criteria under controlled environment. An introduction to the chemical composition of cannabis and its importance from a medical and recreational perspective is also addressed.

Tuition: $659.00

Term(s) Offered: Winter

Recommended Textbooks:

  1. The Cannabis Encyclopedia 2015. Van Patton Publishing. G. F. Van Patten aka J. Cervantes. ISBN: 1-878823-39-6; ISBN: 978-1-878823-39-7 $79.25 from Amazon.ca
  2. Cannabis Extracts: The Marijuana Handbook. 2017. J. Henderson. ISBN: 978-1-548897-63-5 $24.00 from Amazon.ca
  3. The Art of Growing Premium Cannabis, 2017. Fertile Pages Publishing. R. K. Bernhardt.I SBN: 978-0-93858-4 $37.00 from Amazon.ca
Floral Design: University of Saskatchewan

AGRC-0069 (30 hrs - 3 credits)

Introduces the theory and practice of floral design. Topics include: basic botany; nomenclature and terminology; care and handling of fresh cut flowers/foliage. The course provides basic understanding of the tools, supplies, and mechanics used in floral design. Floral design styles, elements and principles are discussed.

Tuition: $520.00
Term(s) Offered: Fall

Required textbooks:

  1. The Art of Floral Design. 3rd Edition. Hunter, Norah T. Delmar Thomson Learning. ISBN: 978-1-4180-6303-0 Approx. cost: $133.95.

Call the U of S bookstore at (306) 966-4465 or 1-888-214-8888, or order online at www.usask.ca/bookstore

Fruit Production: University of Saskatchewan

AGRC-0022 (30 hrs - 3 credits)

Introduces fruit production on the Canadian prairies including: the role of prairie climate in large-scale fruit production; plant breeding and cold hardiness; flowering and fruit development; fruit growth, thinning and maturity indices and harvesting techniques. This course discusses site selection, orchard establishment, planting, frost protection and briefly addresses pruning & grafting and post-harvest storage. Fruit crops include apples, plums, pears, strawberries, raspberries, currants and Saskatoon berries.

Tuition: $520.00
Term(s) Offered: Winter

Recommended Textbook:

  1. Dwarf Sour Cherries: A Guide for Commercial Production. 2004. Bors, Bob and Matthews, Linda. ISBN: 978-0-88880-492-1. Approx. cost $18.00.
  2. Saskatoon Berry Production Manual. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. Spencer, Robert et al 2013 ISBN: 9780773261013 Approx. cost $15.00

Call the U of S bookstore at (306) 966-4465 or 1-888-214-8888, or order online at www.usask.ca/bookstore

Greenhouse Crop Production: Olds College

AGRC-0024 (60 hrs - 6 credits)

Introduces aspects of greenhouse production including an overview of the prairie greenhouse industry, production economics, chemical and biological pest control and the production of bedding plants, potted and flowering plants and vegetables.

Tuition: $659.00
Term (s) Offered: Fall and Winter

Required Textbooks:

  1. Greenhouse Operation and Management. 7th Edition. Nelson, Paul V. ISBN: 978-0-13-243936-7. Approx. cost: $200.95. (This textbook is also required for Greenhouse Structures and Environments.)
  2. Ball Redbook. 18th Edition. Crop Production; Volume 2. Nau, Jim. ISBN: 978-1-883052-68-3. Approx. cost: $81.95.

Call 1.800.661.6537 ext. 4630 to order textbook when registering for this course.

Note: It is strongly recommended that students complete Applied Botany before registering for Fruit Production.

Greenhouse Structures and Environments: Olds College

AGRC-0025 (30 hrs - 3 credits)

Introduces the fundamentals of greenhouse construction and maintenance, as well as specialized features of greenhouse structures and environmental controls.

Tuition: $499.00

Term(s) Offered: Winter and Spring

Required Textbooks:

  1. Greenhouse Operation and Management. 7th Edition. Nelson, Paul V. ISBN: 978-0-13-243936-7. Approx. cost: $200.95. (This textbook is also required for Greenhouse Crop Production.)

Call 1.800.661.6537 ext. 4630 to order textbook when registering for this course.

Herbaceous Landscape Plants: Olds College

AGRC-0028 (30 hrs - 3 credits)

Introduces the study of common plants in the prairie landscapes including herbaceous perennials, biennials and annual flowers. This course discusses classification, identification, landscape characteristics, adaptations, cultural requirements and proper use of the plants.

Tuition: $499.00
Term(s) Offered: Winter and Spring

Human Resource Management: Assiniboine Community College

HRMG-0018 (30 hrs - 3 credits)

Students are introduced to human resource theory and methods as they apply to hiring and managing staff effectively in a horticulture setting. Students learn to use their knowledge of situations involving human resource management issues to test their learning in this course. Students gain an understanding of the personnel planning process. Students learn leadership and communication techniques to motivate staff and resolve conflicts. Application of this knowledge in a horticulture setting is the focus of discussion.

Tuition: $499.00
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Winter, and Spring

Required Textbooks:

  1. Managing People on Your Farm, Cdn Farm Business Mgmt Coucil, 9781894148702

Call the ACC Bookstore at: 1.800.862.6307 ext 6788 or 204.725.8721 or online at www.assiniboineshop.ca and use the course number to place the order.

Indoor Landscaping: University of Saskatchewan

AGRC-0026 (60 hrs - 6 credits)

This course covers both the theory and practice of indoor landscaping. Topics include: basic design concepts; people-plant relationships and the function of plants in the indoor environment. This course discusses plant culture, maintenance and integrated pest management. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to prepare cost estimates and budgets and create, install and maintain commercial indoor landscapes.

Tuition: $686.40
Term (s) Offered: Fall

Required Textbooks:

  1. The Indoor Plant & Flower Expert; Hessayan, Dr. D.G., 2013 Edition, Expert Publication Ltd. ISBN: 978 1909 663 008 Approx. $23.95

Call the U of S bookstore at 306. 966.4465 or 1.888.214.8888, or order online at www.usask.ca/bookstore

Note: It is strongly advised that students have completed Applied Botany and Soils for Horticulture prior to registering for Indoor Landscaping.

Integrated Plant Management: Olds College

AGRC-0019 (60 hrs - 6 credits)

Introduces the basics of identifying, monitoring, predicting, and managing the environment and pest problems affecting horticulture crop growth. Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to diagnose problems, provide solutions, and predict how the manipulation of growing conditions will impact other factors.

Tuition: $659.00
Term(s) Offered: Fall and Winter

Note: It is strongly recommended that students have completed Applied Botany and Soils for Horticulture prior to registering in Integrated Plant Management.

Landscape Construction: Olds College

AGRC-0031 (30 hrs - 3 credits)

Introduces the theory and application of landscape construction and emphasizes safety procedures. Students will learn about interlocking paving stones; water features; retaining walls; low voltage lighting; wooden decks; and fences.

Tuition: $499.00
Term(s) Offered: Fall

Landscape Design: Olds College

AGRC-0030 (60 hrs - 6 credits)

Students will gain the skills needed to produce a simple residential landscape design for a client. This course addresses the design process; identifying client needs; producing preliminary site plans and design program; using drafting equipment; and producing a basic landscape design in plan view.

Tuition: $659.00
Term(s) Offered: Fall and Winter

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: University of Saskatchewan

AGRC-0070 (30 hrs - 3 credits)

Introduces the production, processing and marketing of medicinal and aromatic plants on the Prairies. The course will provide students with useful information and skills that can be applied in establishing or running a herb production, processing, or marketing enterprise.

Tuition: $520.00
Term(s) Offered: Winter

Required Resource:

  1. The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer: The Ultimate Guide to Producing High-Quality Herbs on a Market Scale. White River Junction, Vermont, USA. Carpenter, J. and Gladstar, M. ISBN: 978-1-60358-573-6. Approx. $60.00

Recommended Textbook:

  1. Marketing on the Edge: A Marketing Guide for Progressive Farmers, http://www.fmc-gac.com/publications/marketing-edge-marketing-guide-progessive-farmers

Call the U of S bookstore at 306.966.4465 or 1.888.214.8888, or order online at www.usask.ca/bookstore

Nursery Crop Production: Assiniboine Community College

AGRC-0071 (30 hrs - 3 credits)

The course covers the principles and practices of the production of trees, shrubs, and perennial plants. Production, in both field as well as container, is addressed in the commercial business environment. The historical evolution of the prairie industry is discussed as it relates to current crop management practices.

Tuition: $499.00
Term(s) Offered: Winter

Required Textbooks:

  1. Canadian Nursery Stock Standards (9th Edition), Cdn Nursery Landscape Assoc
  2. So You Want to Start a Nursery. Avent, T., 9781603585736

Call the ACC Bookstore at: 1.800.862.6307 ext. 6788 or 204.725.8721 or online www.assiniboineshop.ca and use the course number to place the order.

Note: It is strongly recommended that students will have completed Applied Botany, Soils for Horticulture, Safe Work/Pesticides, Integrated Plant Management, Woody Landscape Plants prior to registering for this course.

Plant Propagation: Olds College

AGRC-0023 (60 hrs - 6 credits)

Introduces both theoretical and practical information for hands-on plant propagation. This course will provide an understanding of the physiological and physical processes involved in propagation and the required skills to carry out various propagation techniques.

Tuition: $659.00
Term (s) Offered: Fall and Spring

Required Textbook:

  1. 1) Hartmann & Kester’s Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices. 9th Edition. Hudson Hartmann [et al.]. ISBN: 0-13-448089-9. Approx. cost: $210.95.

Call Olds College bookstore 1.800.661.6537 ext. 4630 to order.

Note: Materials kit optional. Approx. cost: $85.00

Post Harvest Handling of Food Crops: Assiniboine Community College

AGRC-0072 (30 hrs - 3 credits) Co-requisite: AGRC-0017 Applied Botany

The principles of postharvest handling, storage, and transportation of fruits, vegetables and herbs are covered in this course. You will learn handling and storage practices to maintain the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables of importance in the Canadian Prairies; what constitutes high quality produce; when a crop should be harvested for optimum quality; specific storage environments required by various crops; and causes of quality loss during storage and transportation. Storage and handling of fresh herbs will also be discussed. Before enrolling in this course, it is recommended that you be familiar with the types and botanical structures of various fruit and vegetable products through experience or completing Applied Botany.

Tuition: $499.00
Term (s) Offered: Spring

Additional Reading:

  1. Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops (3rd Edition), Kader, A., editor, 9781879906518

Note: Before enrolling in this course, the student should be familiar with botanical structures of fruits and vegetables. Applied Botany is recommended prior to taking this course.

Safe Work/Pesticide Application: Assiniboine Community College

AGRC-0020 (30 hrs - 3 credits)

Learn about different aspects of safety in the use of pesticides for the horticulture industry. Topics include: basic chemistry; legislation and regulations; labeling; toxicity; handling practices; environmental protection; pest management; application equipment; emergency response; and public relations. I made minor edits to this prior to tracking changes.

Tuition: $499.00
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Winter and Spring

Required Textbooks:

  1. Guide to Greenhouse Floriculture Production (Publication 370), OMAFRA
  2. Growing Greenhouse Vegetables in Ontario (Publication 836), OMAFRA , 9781443539241

Note: This course will be of particular interest to horticulturalists who apply pesticides, but are not mandated to be certified or licensed by their respective provinces.

Soils for Horticulture: University of Saskatchewan

AGRC-0018 (60 hrs - 6 credits)

Introduces the fundamental principles of soil science with specific reference to the study of Horticulture. The components of soil, their physical and chemical properties, and soil-water relationships will be the theoretical basis on which soil management and fertility will be considered. Synthetic and natural fertilizers and amendments, to improve soil physical properties, will be discussed. Potting media for greenhouse production will be introduced; however, the course emphasis is on natural soils.

Tuition: $686.40
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Winter, and Spring

Note: It is recommended that students collect a four litre sample of soil from their garden or area for completion of course assignments. If soil cannot be collected, you may be able to purchase soil from a landscaping or greenhouse business. Due to seasonal temperatures in some areas of the prairies (frozen ground in January), it is recommended that students collect a sample of soil (the volume of an ice cream pail) from their garden or area for completion of course assignments. If soil cannot be collected, you may be able to purchase soil from a landscaping or greenhouse business.)

Turfgrass Production and Management: Assiniboine Community College

AGRC-0032 (60 hrs - 6 credits)

This course outlines the production and maintenance of turfgrasses to enable students to function within the landscaping and turf production industries. Topics include: an overview of the turfgrass industry; turfgrass physiology; plant morphology and species identification; native turfgrass; soils; turfgrass establishment, culture, management practices and problems; turfgrass pest control and integrated pest management.

Tuition: $659.00
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Winter and Spring

Required Textbook:

  1. Great Plains Turfgrass Manual (4th Edition) McKernan D., 9780969820000

Recommended Textbook:

  1. Weeds of the Prairies, Bubar, C. et al., 978077326471

Call the ACC Bookstore at: 1.800.862.6307 ext 6788 or 204.725.8721 or online at www.assiniboineshop.ca and use the course number to place order

Vegetable Crop Production: University of Saskatchewan

AGRC-0021 (30 hrs - 3 credits)

Introduces vegetable production on the Canadian prairies in terms of soil, climate, equipment, cultural practices, management and marketing. A wide range of crops are reviewed from vegetable crops to vines. The course provides students with information necessary to establish a vegetable operation, advise others on vegetable production, or enhance their background for employment in the vegetable industry.

Tuition: $520.00
Term(s) Offered: Fall and Winter

Required Textbook:

  1. 1) Diseases and Pests of Vegetable Crops in Canada: An Illustrated Compendium. Howard, J., ed. Canadian Phytopathological Society. Download this book at www.phytopath.ca/publications/diseases-of-vegetable-crops-in-canada/

Note: It is recommended that students complete Applied Botany and Soils for Horticulture before registering in Vegetable Production.

Woody Landscape Plants: University of Saskatchewan

AGRC-0027 (30 hrs - 3 credits)

Introduces the identification and classification of woody ornamental plants. This course addresses plants common in the prairie environment including deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, vines and ground covers.

Tuition: $520.00
Term(s) Offered: Fall and Winter

Required Textbook:

  1. Plant Identification Terminology. 2nd Edition. Spring Lake Publishing 2001. J.G. Harris, M.W. Harris. ISBN: 0-9640221-6-8. Approx. $26.00

Call the U of S bookstore at 306.966.4465 or 1.888.214.8888, or order online at www.usask.ca/bookstore

Note: There is an optional CD-ROM that you can purchase to complement this course. Ordering information will be included in your course materials package.