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PSS 095

Gardening for Human Health and the Health of the Environment

Barbara Raab
Class Schedule and Reading Assignments
Fall Semester, 2010

Readings are indicated: “FR” for Food Rules


“G101HTH” for Growing 101 Herbs That Heal
“FSH” for Four-Season Harvest
“C” for coursepack
“R” for Reserve Desk at Bailey Library
“E-R” for E-Reserve at Bailey Library

Subject Reference Pages

Sept. 1 Introduction……………………R…Read From the Good Earth in its entirety


Sustaining the environment
Food as medicine……………..E-R Colbin, Food and Healing, pps. 36 – 52,
……………....C: “Life Feeds Life” and “Food as Medicine”
…..E-R Gordon, “How Does Food Affect Consciousness?” pps. 40 – 41
…..E-R Klein, “The Human Energy Scheme,” pps. 14-17
FR…Read Food Rules in its entirety
Movie: “Food, Inc.” (91 minutes)

Sept. 8 Defining sustainable agriculture/horticulture………..R Poincelot


Video “My Father’s Garden” C Read “Sustainable Horticulture” section
E-R Haas, Elson M.D., Staying Healthy with the Seasons,
pps. 225 – 230 “The Seasonal Diet”

Sept. 15 Soil – A living entity


The soil cycle FSH……..Ch. 3 + 4
Building, preparing, and caring for soil C (All pages related to soil and
Soil pH and soil testing amendments)
Sign up for class presentation topic
Sept. 22 Nutrients and organic matter for plants and soil…...G101HTH...pps. 42 – 53
Synthetic/chemical vs. organic fertilizers FSH……...Ch. 3 + 4
Composting C
Cover crops and green manures C
Mulches…………………………………………..G101HTH….pps. 80 – 81
Season extenders……..………………….FSH……..Ch. 9 + 10 (10 is optional)

Sept. 29 The climate in your yard


Water FSH…….pps. 33 - 36
Sun
Temperature/cold hardiness zone
Wind
Sustainable horticulture worksheet is due

Oct. 6 Class presentation


Biodynamic gardening/farming…………...……R..From the Good Earth
Permaculture……………………….R…Mollison, Intro. to Permaculture
Landscaping for wildlife…………...R…Henderson, Landscaping for Wildlife
Healing gardens……………….R…Marcus, C.C. and Barnes, M, Healing Gardens

Oct. 13 Herbs: culinary and medicinal


How to grow……………………………….G101HTH..Ch. 1, 2, 5, 6, 10
Health benefits……………………………..G101HTH…………..Ch. 10

Oct. 20 MIDTERM (First half of class)

Conscious eating – how to eat to support your health and well-being…….C

Oct. 27 Vegetables: The greens: Brassicas, lettuces, spinach,….


How to grow FSH…Ch. 6..The Outdoor Garden and Appendix A (Cast of Characters)
Health benefits………………..R + C
Nov. 3 Vegetables: The yellows, oranges, reds, purples: squashes, carrots, beets, peppers…
How to grow……FSH….Appendix A: Cast of Characters, pps. 155 - 201
Health benefits………………..R + C (see articles, etc….)
www.vitamin-basics.com - read “Beta-Carotene” and “Vitamin A”

Nov. 10 Antioxidant fruits: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, and blackberries


How to grow…………………………………………Class lecture
Health benefits………………………………………C articles
E-R: “Antioxidants and Disease,” Garrison & Somer, The Nutrition Desk Ref.
E-R: “Vitamin A and Carotenes,” M. Murray, The Encyclopedia of Nutritional
Supplements

Nov. 17 Wild Edibles


Ethics and guidelines for harvesting…………….C
Health benefits……………………………...…...C, R
Sprouting and Live/Living Foods: Growing your own sprouts
How to grow…………………………………….C and www.sproutpeople.com
Health benefits…………………………………..C
Worksheet is due

Nov. 24 NO SCHOOL!! Happy and safe Thanksgiving!


Note the ORAC values and other health benefits of foods that you consume this
week!!

Dec. 1 Garden retreats and sacred spaces….R….Ashmun, Garden Retreats , C


Creating outdoor sanctuaries for reflection, contemplation, meditation, and relaxation
Symbology :…………………....C
-growth, death, and rebirth of the gardening cycle
-metaphor for paradise and Eden
-garden/landscape elements: entryways, paths, walls, canopy, trees, plants
Health benefits…………………..C
Do online course Evaluation

Dec. 8 FINAL EXAM and sharing a delicious, health-giving meal afterwards


Each student brings a dish to share. Location and other details to be arranged.