This part-time, one day or night a week course, provides the key knowledge and skills required for successful organic growing.
We explore the latest trends in sustainable growing, both internationally and within New Zealand. The overall aim is to build ecosystems, promote biodiversity, increase soil and plant health and avoid the use of artificial fertilisers and sprays. A science-based approach explores a wide range of organic techniques and systems for both existing and new properties.
This knowledge can be applied not only to food crops but to the cultivation of any plants – from suburban gardens to pastures, orchards, shelter belts and woodlots. Organic philosophies also embrace principles of kaitiakitanga, which may interest Tangata Whenua involved with land management.
This course will be of great value to:
• Keen gardeners
• Plant Growers
• Lifestyle block owners
• Permaculture planners
• Habitat restoration workers
• Anyone seeking a healthier alternative to food production
Topics covered include:
• Basic principles of organics
• Soil health and sustainable soil management techniques
• Soil food webs
• Companion planting
• Crop rotation and green manures
• Weed control
• Pest and disease management
• Plant knowledge and an introduction to permaculture
Qualification and Further Opportunities
Successful students will be awarded a Certificate in Organic Horticulture Level 3 and may progress into our Applied Organics Level 4 course, seek employment in the Organic Industry or use the skills and knowledge they have gained to develop their own enterprise.
Fee and Enrolment Information
This course is approved for New Zealand Domestic Students and may be delivered in partnership with your local Polytechnic. Please contact Agriculture New Zealand for details regarding eligibility to enrol, and for course fees in your area.
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