This course provides an integrated approach to the sustainable maintenance of residential, commercial, and/or institutional landscapes and interiors, combining research-based knowledge with field experiences in maintenance practices, such as working on an organic farm, in a greenhouse, at a garden center and on the college’s campus. It is also designed to provide the fundamentals of basic animal care to students with a broad range of learning styles. We stress the importance of teamwork as well as independent task completion. Additionally, we will learn to use kennel and farm tools, weighing and measuring, basic record keeping, basic first aid for animals, and animal-related vocabulary.
Students will also develop and utilize skills related to interior/exterior maintenance, garden bed preparation and maintenance, and properly using tools. In addition, students will develop an understanding of careers and environmental considerations related to this area to prepare our students to work in an animal care or agricultural field, such as those of a kennel, barn farm, ranch or commercial facility. Additional employment opportunities explored could be in maintenance, shipping and receiving or facilities. Work study opportunities for employment include such fields as grooming, barn assistant, animal shelter worker, landscaper, facilities/maintenance and shipping and receiving.