Advanced Certificate in Organic Food System Online Course

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Gain skills in organic farming and permaculture. Students may choose two electives in which to specialise.

There are 4 modules in this course:

1. Permaculture Systems

A permaculture system is a unique landscape where all the plants and animals live in balance in a self sustaining ecosystem. Permaculture has an ethical approach to designing land use and community systems, to provide food, ecological habitats and other essentials needed for human survival. Learning to develop plans for permaculture systems (i.e. a unique landscape where plants and animals live in a balanced and self sustaining ecosystem) is a crucial part of the permaculture process.

This course is suitable for:

  • students of permaculture who cannot access a working permaculture property
  • students in remote areas or those who cannot access face-to-face PDC courses

2. Organic Farming

Organic farming is an agricultural method that reduces or elimiates reliance on the use of chemicals.  Specifically it relies on techniques such as crop rotations, composting, soil improvement, green manuring and pest control strategies.

Organic produce is increasing in popularity due to concerns of chemical residues on food for consumption and the uncertain environmental effects and cost of wide scale chemical spraying used in traditional agriculture.

Sustainable farming practices are needed to ensure a future in global agriculture and organic methods are central to solutions being pursued by many farms.

This course aims to give you an foundation in organic farming with the exploration of organics, certification and the commonly used practicals skills and strategies required to move towards organic crop production.

3. Electives (Choose Two)

Note: aside from Organic Plant Culture and Commercial Organic Vegetable Production the following modules are not “organic”, they do cover non-organic methods).

    • Commercial Organic Vegetable Production
    • Organic Plant Culture
    • Aquaculture
    • Aquaponics
    • Poultry
    • Beef Cattle
    • Dairy Cattle
    • Goat Production
    • Fruit Production (Temperate Climate)
    • Fruit Production (Warm Climate)
    • Nut Production (Temperate Climate)
    • Nut Production (Warm Climate)
    • Viticulture
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