NH ENVIROTHON 2014 Current Issue Learning Objectives

Sustainable Agriculture/Locally Grown

After completing this year’s ENVIROTHON, students will be able to:

1) Describe certain farming practices that build soil organic matter such as composting, crop rotations, cover crops, conservation tillage, and management intensive grazing systems.

2) Explain irrigation best management practices that reduce water use such as conservation tillage, cover crops, plant selection, precision agriculture, water re-use, and sub-surface drip irrigation.

3) Describe the role pollinators play in farming and ways to attract them.

4) Identify components of integrated pest management and biological pest control techniques used to prevent insect pest, disease, and weed problems.

5) Define organic agriculture as an example of a sustainable agriculture system. Give specifics on why it is sustainable and how it might not be.

6) Describe the growth in organic production in the United States since the late 1990’s within the historical context of agricultural development in New Hampshire.

7) Recognize the connection between sustainable agriculture and ecosystem management.

8) Demonstrate ways farmers can reduce their reliance on fossils fuels by increasing farm efficiency and using alternative fuels.

9) Describe the economic, social, and environmental benefits of sustainable agriculture to local communities.

10) Examine the ways farmers market their food locally and regionally. Understand the meaning of CSAs, food hubs, farmers markets and farm to school.