Developing the Syllabus for an Agroecology Course

Bob St Peter, activist and farmer in northern Maine, is working on developing a syllabus for an agroecology course.  Miguel Altieri sends these two sources to help. What else can Bob look at to develop his own curriculum? Please share your ideas in the comments and if you want to join the school, more details are below, and you can contact Bob  at

Food School at Micmac Farms Every Friday 3pm-5pm, November 11, 2016 – April 28, 2017

Free & Open to all

The Food School Program

Food School is for beginning or experienced gardeners, small farmers, home cooks, and all lovers of tasty food! Each week’s class will include:

  1. Group learning activities
  2. Workshops on how to plant, grow, harvest, and preserve healthy, delicious food
  3. Cooking demonstrations using seasonal ingredients and easy-to-prepare recipes. Includes samples ofeach of the recipes prepared that day.

Introduction: Reclaiming Our Food Ways & Decolonizing Our Diet

November 11, 2016
3pm Micmac Farms (on Route 1 near the Caribou/Presque Isle line)

Block 1: Nutrient Management (November)
Learn to identify and build healthy soil, how to make nutrient-rich compost, and how to use cover crops and green manures for sustainable production.

Block 2: Plant Care (December)
Learn what a plant needs to grow healthy, nutritious, and delicious. This block will cover the entire plant life cycle from seed to harvest. Includes a workshop on how to grow food year-round, even in Northern Maine!

Block 3: Harvesting, Processing & Storing Your Food (January)
Learn when and how to harvest your crops for best nutrition and longest storage. This also covers how to handle, wash, and preserve food for your home, for the food pantry, or for sale.

Block 4: Pests & Disease (February & March)
Learn to prevent, identify, and treat pest and disease outbreaks. Focus is on prevention and ways you can treat pests and diseases using organic methods.

Block 5: Back Yard Gardens & Small Farm Management (April)
Interested in starting a garden or small farm? This block will cover how to design and manage a sustainable garden or small farm.

Food School Instructor: Bob St.Peter has been a gardener and small-scale farmer for 15 years. Originally from Caribou, Bob now operates New Road Farm in Sedgwick and has been sharing his knowledge and love of food through workshops and farmer-to-farmer trainings since 2005. He has visited numerous farms and urban gardens throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Central America learning from indigenous, peasant, and small farm communities along the way.


6 Replies to “Developing the Syllabus for an Agroecology Course”

  1. Compost and “food waste management” 🙂

    Massachusetts’ Department of Conservation and Recreation offers a Master Urban Gardener class one or two times per year. I’m sure they’d be happy to advise. Happy to help connect you to them.

  2. I am sure you are covering seed management but was not sure where it is being done so guidance on seed selection, preservation, storage, germination tests and creating seed exchange groups might be useful in the course.

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