Foundation Trades in Horticulture

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Aim

  • Hello-Hortykim is teaching the Akoraka Mahi Tini Certificate in Foundation Studies and we have some great activities planned!
  • This certificate will help build a career in the trades and technical fields and help shape the world.Prepare yourself for studying a trade in a learning environment particularly tailored to M¯aori students.This programme is also suitable if you are non-Maori and believe you would benefit from studying within a kaupapa framework.Gain real world experience by undertaking trades-based projects and industry placements, and learn tikaka and te reo as they apply to trades. Develop your literacy and numeracy skills and strengthen your Mata Ao M¯aori.This programme is part of our M¯aori trades training initiative Hit the Ground Running - Pakak¯e Ana t¯o Haere.
  • This is an exciting opportunity for our department(Architecture,Building Engineering and Natural Resources)to contribute to the Youth Guarantee Scheme.The students enrolled in this course will be involved in projects lead by experts from Horticulture, Building and Engineering.Each project has a planning and an implementation element – the planning being mainly classroom activities and implementation being mainly practical.The students will also have an opportunity to do career bites near the end of their certificate.
  • The course I will deliver will provide an introduction to horticulture for students who would like to get an idea of what career options are available after completing a qualification with the School of Natural Resources' National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) programm.If the students enjoy their experience with Natural Resources/Horticulture then they may choose to study with us in 2014 or look at an apprenticeship in horticulture.

Course Schedule 2013

Session 1

To do

  1. Meet Kim at Polygrow Nursery
  2. Welcome and attendance
  3. Health and Safety is Everbody's Business
  4. Tour of permaculture garden-Permagrow
  5. Waka ama
  • Wear clothing that can get dirty and appropriate footwear to protect your feet
  • Focus on the job at hand
  • Kim will show everyone the emergency flip chart and we will see what are some of the things we would do in the unlikely case of an emergency.
  • Otago Polytechnic has a hazard register for every department and it is important for staff and students to be aware of the potential hazards associated with the teaching and learning in your area.If you identify a hazard please let a staff member know as soon as is possible.

Skills Learned

  1. Health and safety
  2. Orientation around L block and what is available in your learning space
  3. Introduction to waka ama

Session 2

To do

  1. Welcome and attendance
  2. Meet Kim at Polygrow Nursery
  3. Discuss expectations
  4. Tour of Living Campus
  5. Discuss potential project
  6. The following list is hands on stuff that we will do today:
  • What are the characteristics of a good seed raising mix?
  • Make seed raising mix
  • Sow seeds
  • Make up a brew of compost tea and discuss benefits to plants.

Session 3

To do

  1. Welcome and attendance
  2. Review of last weeks activities
  3. The following list is stuff that we will do today:
  • What Tree Are You?#Hand out What Kind of Tree Are You?
  • Health and Safety Worksheet
  • N&L fertilizer activity
  • Guest speaker - Bart Acres -
  • Bart foundedOtepoti Urban Organics a not-for-profit network of gardeners, community groups and businesses who have an interest in fostering and engaging in organic food growing activities, and other sustainable practices, in the Dunedin area.
  • Bart is bringing some seeds from the seed savers network in Dunedin who collect and distribute seeds from open pollinated and heirloom vegetable varieties suited to growing in Otago and Southland. The network is run by voulnteers and we rely on you - local gardeners - to continue to save seeds and donate them back to the network to keep the seed stocks strong.
  • When Plants Bite Back

Session 4

To do

  1. Welcome and attendance
  2. Meet Kim at Polygrow Nursery
  3. The following list is stuff that we will do today:
  • Waka ama
  • Waka ama health and safety
  • Paddling techniques

Session 5

To do

  1. Welcome and attendance
  2. Meet Kim at Polygrow Nursery
  3. The following list is stuff that we will do today:

Session

To do

  1. Welcome and attendance
  2. Meet Kim at Polygrow Nursery
  3. The following list is stuff that we will do today:

Resources

Interesting links,videos and photos related to our sessions-please let Kim know of interesting stuff you find that we can add to this section!