This course will enable you to develop a knowledge of arable farming using organic techniques. It extensively covers soil and nutrients, and you will also learn about crop rotation, weed management, and controlling pests and diseases in organic systems.
Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace (you have 2 years to complete it), studying when and where you choose. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance.
Lesson 1 – Introduction and brief history of organic farming. Why organic farming? Introduction to soil structure, organic matter, soil organisms, the living soil, drainage and cultivation.
Lesson 2 – Nutrient cycling in natural ecosystems, agricultural systems, organic farms, specific plant nutrients and requirements, nutrient management, management of manures, slurry and organic residues.
Lesson 3 – Crop rotation, polyculture systems, fertility building, rotation design, crops within the rotation, stockless rotations, problem of rotations.
Lesson 4 – Weed management, weed ecology, cultural control practices, direct intervention techniques, biological weed control, integrated weed management.
Lesson 5 – Pest and disease management, causes of pest problems, self-regulation in organic systems, cultural control of pests and diseases, direct pest and disease control methods, pest management in grain storage, integrated pest management in organic farming, specific pests and diseases.
Successfully complete this course and you will achieve the HCC Certificate*.
* The HCC Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.
Throughout your training, you will be able to ask questions, receive feedback and further develop your knowledge by contacting our experienced tutors by phone or email.
You do not need previous farming knowledge or experience to enrol on this course.
If needed you have 2 years to complete the course. Many students are able to complete this course in approximately 6-12 months*.
*Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.
Successfully complete this course and: