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BIO Magazine - Organic Farming Short Course Δεκέμβριος 2015
Δεκέμβριος 2015 No38

BIO Career

Organic Farming Short Course
Organic Farming Short Course

Distance Learning

In the past organic farm production was often considered as being only for radicals or hippies. Now it is seen as a viable economic move – with benefits to the farm soil, to the environment, and to the purchasers of the products.

Organic farming has been adopted by some farmers for economic reasons, others for ethical or sustainability concerns. Whatever the reason for going organic, there is no doubt this method of farming is here to stay.

Through this course, learn to manage both plant and animal production in a more natural and environmentally sensitive way and develop a sound foundation for understanding how to set up an organic farm, or convert an existing farm to organic practices. This course provides the student with a solid understanding of the systems and management techniques of organic farming for both crops and livestock.

Course Structure

There are 10 lessons as follows:

Introduction to Organic Farming:

  • scope
  • nature
  • history
  • types of organic farming

Integrated Farm Management Systems:

  • rotation design
  • cash crops
  • managing waste
  • permaculture
  • polyculture
  • biodynamics etc

Organic Management Issues:

  • certification
  • environmental concerns
  • marketing

Organic Soil Management and Crop Nutrition:

  • composting
  • mulching
  • green manuring
  • cover crops
  • organic fertilisers

Weed Management:

  • selecting appropriate techniques of control
  • weed identification

Pest and Disease Management:

  • Animals
  • Plants

Livestock Management I:

  • Dairy
  • Sheep

Livestock Management II:

  • Poultry
  • Goats
  • Alpacas
  • Ostriches


  • Pasture Varieties
  • Management Principles
  • Intensive systems
  • nitrogen fixation
  • correct seed mix
  • risks with legumes


  • Wheat
  • Plant Fibre
  • Hay and Silage
  • Mung Beans
  • Sesame seed, etc

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Duration: 100 hours.

Start Date; You can start our courses at any time. We operate on a rolling programme, so you start your studies at a time that suits you.

Qualification: At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment. If you pass all assignments, you will receive a COURSE COMPLETION LETTER.

There is also an OPTIONAL examination. If you pass all assignments AND the exam, you will receive a STATEMENT OF ATTAINMENT. The exams can be taken at a time and location to suit you. You can find more information on exams here.

Learning Methods Available

All of our courses are via distance learning. We offer three methods of learning:

  1. online
  2. correspondence
  3. e-learning

There is a 5% discount if you choose the e-learning version of the course. You can find more information on how the three methods work at - http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Info/Enrolment/Learning-Methods.aspx

What is e-learning?

  • Supplied as material accessed from a CD.
  • You don't need to be on the net to access materials
  • A CD is burnt and sent (faster than correspondence course, not as fast as online).
  • Interactive Self Assessment Tests always included
  • Extra colour photos and illustrations often included
  • Full Support services provided –access to tutors, video library, online library, student room etc
  • 5% discount for the e-learning method

Summary of competencies developed

On successful completion of the course you should be able to do the following:

  • Discuss the scope and nature of organic farming in today’s world.
  • Select appropriate organic management systems for different organic farms.
  • Understand the environmental, economic and political issues concerning organic farming.
  • Explain the role of living organisms and decomposing organic matter in creating and maintaining an appropriate soil condition for successful organic farming.
  • Contrive and apply appropriate weed management practices for an organic farm.
  • Select and apply appropriate pest and disease management practices for both animal and plant production on an organic farm
  • Design an appropriate system for organic production of cattle, sheep and pigs.
  • Design an appropriate system for organic production of poultry and other miscellaneous animals.
  • Design an appropriate system for organic pasture management.
  • Explain the broad-acre organic production of a grain or legume crop.

What the course covers

Here are just some of the things you will be doing:

  • Investigate Organic industry such as, Certifying Organisations, Producers or organic farming groups in your locality or region
  • Determine allowable inputs to an organic farm certifying in your area
  • Discuss how an organic farm requires more labour than a conventional farm
  • Visit an organic farm, either a real visit or virtual visit if that is not possible
  • Prepare a plan for an organic farm.
  • Describe the conversion process for one of the organic farms
  • Investigate organic market potential
  • Prepare a compost heap
  • Prepare a diagram of a healthy soil food web
  • Prepare a weed collection (25 weeds –either pressings or illustrations)
  • Determine appropriate weed control within allowable organic farming limits.
  • Describe the life cycle of three animal parasites
  • Describe habitat requirements of various predatory insects
  • Survey one or more farms regarding animal production systems
  • How can the animals above be integrated into a vegetable or fruit production system
  • Determine organic solutions to different farming problems
  • Investigate different pasture management systems.

Ebook now available

Also now available - Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs eBook What could be nicer than eating fresh food straight from your garden? This full colour ebook will show you how to grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs; saving you money and providing a source of joy and relaxation.
Farming eBooks

We hope we have answered your questions, but if you have further questions or would like to discuss this course with a tutor, then please get in touch on 0800 328 4723 or email us -

Organic Farming Course Tutor - info@acsedu.co.uk

Organic Farming Course - Home Study

A fascinating course which encompasses a variety of topics relating to organic farming

  • Update your knowledge of organic knowledge for the modern world.
  • Improve how you run your business.
  • Learn about organic farming to improve your career prospects.
  • Study in your own time and at your own pace.
  • Learn from organic farming experts – our tutors!

Organic farming has distinct advantages, for the environment, for human health, and also for farm economics. There are many definitions of organic farming. A commonly accepted definition is “farming without the addition of artificial chemicals”. All kinds of agricultural products are produced organically – vegetables, fruit, grains, meat, dairy, eggs, and fibres such as cotton and wool. Many processed foods are also produced organically (e.g. bread).


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