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Agriculture


Special Thanks
To Our
Major Supporters

 
Prime Time International
(COD Foundation Donor)
 
High Tech Irrigation, Inc.
(John Stenmoen)
 
 Simplot Partners
(Craig Shafer)
 
Vintage Associates
(Greg Gritters) Landscape
and landscape maintenance
 
Hort Tech (Brian Jensen)
Landscape and landscape maintenance
 
California Desert Nursery
(Chuck Hendrix)
 
Hi-Lo Desert Golf Course
Superintendents Association
 
Turf Star
(Toro Distributor)
 
AA Equipment
(John Deere Distributor)
 




   


A Legacy of Growing

The program in Agriculture is one of College of the Desert's first and oldest programs and is designed to serve both occupational and transfer students. Many courses primarily serve students who wish to enter an occupation after graduation. 

 
Courses are designed to provide practical experience, as well as academic background.
 
Students who wish to prepare for four-year colleges will find not only the necessary required transfer courses in English, science, mathematics, and related subjects available to them, but also departmental courses related to their majors, including:
  • Agri-Business
  • General Agriculture
  • Arborist
  • Environmental Horticulture
  • Landscape Design
  • Landscape and Irrigation Technician
  • Field Ranger
  • Pest Manager
  • Plant Science
  • Turfgrass Management

 

Degrees and
Certificates Offered

Students can receive degrees in programs ranging from: Agri-Business, Agriculture, Environmental Horticulture, Plant Science, Turfgrass Management
 
Certificates can be received in areas including: Environmental Horticulture, Arborist Technician, Landscape and Irrigation Technician, Pest Management Technician, Natural Resources/Desert Naturalist, Natural Resources/Field Ranger, Turfgrass Management

Program Infrastructure

Courses are designed and offered at the Agriculture Science Center on the main Palm Desert campus on a 4.5-acre working lab. 
 
The lab consists of classrooms, shaded grow areas, over 17,000 sq. ft. for student plots, outdoor turf research and putting green instruction areas, tractor and turf equipment repair, more than 9,000 sq. ft. of shadehouses and greenhouses, and over 400 different plant species used in instruction.
 

In The News

Turf Management And
Horticulture Program Needs

John Deere 420 Backhoe Tractor
Rebuild hydraulic rams, replace radiator, tires
 


$5,000

John Deere 4400 Tractor
Replace engine
 


$7,500

Lighting for Greenhouse, Shade Houses, Shop Area


$15,600

John Deere Garden Tractor
with Tiller Attachment


$13,680

Toro 2300D Triplex
Mower - Replace


$25,000

Toro 120 Groundsmaster Deck
Mower - Replace


$22,500
John Deere Walking Greens Mower - Replace
 

$8,750

Toro Greensmaster 1000 Greens Mower with Groomer


$9,850

Turfco Meter-R-Matic Topdresser

$9,100

Trans Pro 80 Greens Mower Trailer

$2,100

Lesco 50 Gallon Pesticide Sprayer
with Boom Sprayer


$7,000

Growing The Future Total $126,080
 

You can help keep the valley growing
with COD alumni, and keep the regions
agriculture industry thriving through
offering student scholarships,
program support or other
giving opportunities.

For more information please call:
760-773-2561 or email Jim Hummer,
COD Foundation Executive Director,
at jhummer@collegeofthedesert.edu