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Plant Production

Program Description

Dive into one of Kern County’s defining business sectors with Plant Production, a “Farm to Fork” course focused on the study and practice of vegetable crop production with supplemental lessons on ag sales.

Through in-class studies and hands-on labs, students will learn about crop growth and maintenance, crop production standards and their link to human nutrition, ag sales (through participation in a student-run fresh produce market stand), and the basics of California farm food safety protocols.

This is a two semester course. Successful students are also afforded the opportunity to participate in student leadership organizations / competitions and to participate in a second-semester internship.

PLANT PRODUCTION students learn:

  • The plant kingdom growth and development
  • Crop establishment, maintenance, and harvesting
  • The role of plants in human nutrition
  • Greenhouse and laboratory operations and equipment
  • Sourcing quality agricultural information
  • Integrated pest management, weeds, and diseases
  • Major world crops and crop history
  • Ag commodities marketing
  • Industry, employment, and safety guidelines

Professional Certification Opportunities

Certifications offered to students completing the Plant Production program include:

  • Participation, competition, and certificate opportunities with Future Farmers of America (F.F.A.). 

Pre-Requisites

Plant Production students should have average or better skills in reading and writing. Students should also have a solid attendance record.

High School credit available

Students earn 15 units of elective credit each semester toward their high school graduation.

Bakersfield college credit available

Plant Production is a dual enrollment class with the following Bakersfield College course:

  • CRPS B4 Vegetable Production

Students may simultaneously enroll with BC while taking this class at ROC in order to earn 3 units of BC credit in addition to the above high school credit.

 

Career Pathways and Related Occupations

This is a career awareness class which instructs students on the basics necessary for entry-level employment. Successful Plant Production students often pursue careers in the following:

  • Food or Beverage Processor
  • Food Retailing
  • Agronomist
  • PCA (Pest Control Advisor)
  • Greenhouse Technician / Manager
  • Food Technologist
  • Farm Technician
  • Field Scout
  • Product Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Plant Pathologist
  • Crop Advisor
  • Irrigation Specialist
  • Plant Breeder
  • Entomologist
  • Ag Sales
  • Ag Chemical Rep