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    Agriculture

    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 jmosser@collegeofthedesert.edu