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|Topic||What we cover in it|
|Principles||Why people farm organically, what they believe and the rules they follow. Similarities and differences between permaculture, sustainability and organics.|
|Ecology|| How plants, animals and microbes work together with the soil, the climate,
each other and the farmer. |
And what you can do about it if they don't.
|Fertility and Soil ecology||Soil is the foundation of a well-run organic farm. How to keep it healthy. Organic farmers feed the soil, rather than the plant.|
|Organic Plants and Animals|| Plants make soil, produce harvests, feed animals and
supply the oxygen we breathe - all on solar energy. We learn to assist them.
Animals grow wool, milk, meat and more. They produce manure and stop plants going rampant. We learn to assist them.
|General pest management||We look at a range of pests found in your enterprises: Weeds, internal parasites, flystrike and other areas.|
|Converting to organics||Few people buy a workable organic farm, so they convert one. This is how to convert the farm. Mostly it's about converting yourself.|
|Enhancing profitability||Keeping on farming means making a profit. It's easier in organic farming because you can add value and market better.|
|Managing organic farms||Good organic farming is integrated, it works well together. This topic is where we start the course and end it. Everything in the course is linked through this subject. This course is also integrated. This keeps the course relevant to what you do on your farm|
| Is it suitable for gardeners? |
The course is not about gardening, it is about farming, although you can apply almost all of it to the garden.