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This is an introductory course. There are no prerequisites, however, this course is geared for those who are at least fifteen years old. You should have a general idea about variety of vegetables and fruits and their growth and development. You should have some understanding of the climate characteristics where you live, basic math skills for measurement, and a ninth-grade reading level.

Now, in this course, we have some primary objectives. But the bottom line is to begin a garden you can love and work with for the rest of your life.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Plan, prepare, and finally establish a garden that could help sustain you and perhaps your family in the case of an emergency in the food supply in your area.
  2. Be comfortable with planting an appropriate amount of fruits and vegetables to accompany a year’s supply.
  3. Become knowledgeable about the varieties and groups of plants you should plant and their special needs.
  4. Become capable of controlling some common vegetable and fruit pests with organic and biologic controls and synthetic, regulated chemicals available to you.
  5. Be aware of and comfortable contacting your local county extension office for individual help and advice in your geographic region.

Course Materials

There are no required textbooks for this course. However, you will need to keep a journal, either hand-written (such as a notebook) or on a computer.

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This course consists of six units and a final exam. Each unit includes learning outcomes, discussion material, Self Check questions (these do not count towards your grade), application questions and activities, and a unit quiz.

You need a journal in which you can write about the activities you’ve done for the application and activities section in each unit. You will also need to write your answers to the application questions in your journal. There are appendices which contain garden plans, seed catalogs, book resources, and a glossary of some words to help you understand more fully what they mean.

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The final exam has 50 multiple-choice questions that cover material from all the units. The questions on the final exam are similar to the questions from your unit quizzes.

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Grading Category Weight
Unit Quizzes (12% each) 72%
Final Exam 28%
TOTAL 100%
Grading Scale
A 100-92
A− 91-90
B+ 89-88
B 87-82
B− 81-80
C+ 79-78
C 77-72
C− 71-70
D+ 69-68
D 67-62
D− 61-60
E (fail) 59 or below

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Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


Summary: 6 computer-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee.

Final Exam

Summary: 1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course.

You must pass with a score of sixty percent or higher in order to pass and earn credit for this course. There is no time limit on the exam. You will not be allowed to reference any notes or course materials.

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase one 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete this course. Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months.

Getting Help

You may use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study with questions or comments.

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Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.