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Hartnell College's King City Education Center to Offer Its First Soil Science Class

December 17th, 2003

The King City Education Center of Hartnell College will offer its first soil science class this coming spring. The new semester begins Monday, Jan. 26.

The course, Agriculture 90 (Soil Science), provides a basic knowledge of the genetic, physical, chemical and biological properties of soils. It also covers fundamental soil properties, soil and plant relationships, fertilizers and soil management. According to John Karnofel, Hartnell's agriculture coordinator, "The class would benefit anyone interested in agriculture."

The class will meet on Mondays from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m., beginning Jan. 26. It is transferable to University of California and California State University campuses.

Instructor for the class will be Hunter Francis, program coordinator of the Sustainable Agriculture Resource Consortium at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He also lectures in Cal Poly's soil science department, and assists with the management of the campus' experimental (organic) farm.

Karnofel says Francis "is one of the best instructors in this field."

Registration for spring semester class is under way, according to Paulette Bumbalough, Hartnell's director of educational services for south county. For more information, call (831) 386-7100.