Our land uses have the potential to impact the ecological stability of our watersheds. In this pod we will explore the intersection of agricultural practices and the health of the local watersheds.
Enrollment Requirements and Options:
These courses will contain complementary information and will include shared labs.
Student are not required to enroll in both courses in this pod, but they are encouraged to do so. Students in this pod can enroll in online courses, Senior Year Research Project, or Independent Study work. Students may TA Watershed Ecosystem Analysis or Draft Animal Power Systems III with instructor permission.
This pod includes the following courses:
NS200 Watershed Ecosystems Analysis 3 cr
Watershed Ecosystems Analysis is designed to enhance a student’s understanding of the ecological and social dimensions of a watershed. Combining a study of local ecology, land uses and local communities, we will gain a better understanding of river dynamics, and develop a deeper respect for riverine systems. Each student will participate in the bioassessment of a local watershed, resulting in a comprehensive written report and presentation.
AS174A Draft Animal Power Systems I
This course introduces students to the systems required to safely manage and work a team of draft horses or oxen. Topics include the natural history of draft animals, functional anatomy, physiology, and care methods including both conventional and alternative medical approaches. Following extensive practice with ground driving maneuvers, draft animals will be hitched to a variety of carts and implements to learn safe hitching and operational procedurals to do farm and forest work.
AS285 Draft Animal Power Systems III 3 cr
Draft Animal Power III will explore the uses of draft power in an agricultural setting. Through a combination of lectures and labs addressing land and pasture use, animal health, and hands-on draft animal skills, we will gain familiarity and comfort with the use and impacts of draft animals on the land. Each student will leave the course with a deeper understanding of draft animal harnessing, driving, and use with farm equipment as well as familiarity with the more technical aspects of animal health, husbandry, and grazing.