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The popularity and preference for organic foods has exploded over the past few years. As such, organic farm production is more than a viable economic move - with benefits to the farm soil, to the environment and to the purchasers of the products. This Organic Farming Course will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to the issues and practices related to today's organic farming models.
The aims of this course are:
- To select appropriate organic management systems for different organic farms
- To explain the role of living organisms and decomposing organic matter in creating and maintaining an appropriate soil condition for successful organic farming
- To contrive and apply appropriate weed management practices for an organic farm
- To select and apply appropriate pest and disease management practices for both animal and plant production on an organic farm
- To be able to design an appropriate system for organic production of cattle, sheep and pigs
- To design an appropriate system for organic production of poultry and other animals
- To design an appropriate system for organic pasture management
- To explain the broad-acre organic production of a grain or legume crop
- Convert your existing farm to a more sustainable, economically and environmentally friendly organic model
- Improve your career prospects in the agriculture industry as a farmer, farm worker, consultant, teacher or working in a farm supply or service business
This course is delivered 100% online. Upon enrolment students are issued with a login and password, providing access to OCA's e-learning centre. For a full demo of the OCA student experience from enrolment to graduation Click Here.
Recognition and Accreditation
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive an OCA Certificate of Achievement in Organic Farming. There are no pre-requisites to this course.
Units of Study
There are 10 units
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1. Introduction to Organic Farming
- Types of organic farming.
2. Integrated Farm Management Systems
- Rotation design.
- Cash crops.
- Managing waste.
3. Organic Management Issues
- Environmental concerns.
4. Organic Soil Management and Crop Nutrition
- Green manuring.
- Cover crops.
- Organic fertilisers.
5. Weed Management
- Selecting appropriate techniques of control.
- Weed identification.
6. Pest and Disease Management
7. Livestock Management I
8. Livestock Management II
- Pasture varieties.
- Management principles.
- Intensive systems.
- Nitrogen fixation.
- Correct seed mix.
- Risks with legumes.
- 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.
How long will this course take to complete?
This short course should take approximately 100 hours. Maximum 6 months access to this online course.
Do you give course extensions?
Yes we do. If you need more time to complete your course, you simply complete an extension form and submit via the learning portal.
What are the fees for the course?
$599 in paid upfront (in full) and $750 on a flexible payment plan.
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