Below are the requirements I completed for the Plant Science Badge
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I also completed a one-year Permaculture Certification Course, which included over 50 hours of videos and 40 hours of design. This resulted in a set of graphics detailing the One Community permaculture plan and got me Permaculture Certified. Below are the most important graphics in my design, and the written portion can be found here. Certificate coming soon.
This work can be found in its formatted and finalized form on this page: http://www.onecommunityglobal.org/open-source-diy-permaculture-design/
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS COMPLETED
- Explain photosynthesis and tell why this process is important. Tell at least five ways that humans depend on plants
- Explain how honeybees and other pollinating insects are important to plant life
- Explain how water, light, air, temperature, and pests affect plants. Describe the nature and function of soil and explain its importance. Tell about the texture, structure, and composition of fertile soil. Tell how soil may be improved.
- Tell how to propagate plants by seeds, roots, cuttings, tubers, and grafting. Grow a plant by ONE of these methods.
- Tell how the spread of invasive plants may be avoided or controlled in ways that are not damaging to humans, wildlife, and the environment.
- Name and tell about careers in agronomy, horticulture, and botany. Write a paragraph about a career in one of these fields that interests you.
- Horticulture is a very broad profession. A horticulturalist’s main job is to grow many types of plants. These vary from fruits, ornamentals, vegetables, and nuts. Horticulturalists can also work with landscape design, building areas that plants can grow better in. Horticulture also has other branches such as conservation and soil management. Horticulture does not normally include large scale farming. Horticulturalists also breed and test plants and plant cultivars. Having spoken to a horticulturalist on the One Community team, horticulture is also the closest profession to permaculture. I have enrolled in and completed a 1 year permaculture certification.
- Explain the following terms: hardiness zone, shade tolerance, pH, moisture requirement, native habitat, texture, cultivar, ultimate size, disease resistance, habit, evergreen, deciduous, annual, perennial.
- Explain the difference between vegetative and sexual propagation methods, and tell some horticultural advantages of each.
- Demonstrate good pruning techniques and tell why pruning is important.
- Explain the importance of good landscape design and selection of plants that are suitable for particular sites and conditions.
- Tell why it is important to know how big a plant will grow.
- Tell why slower-growing landscape plants are sometimes a better choice than faster-growing varieties.
- Demonstrate soil preparation, staking, watering, weeding, mulching, composting, fertilizing, pest management, and pruning. Tell why each technique is used.