Courses

Principles of Organic Production
Fertilizers
Preparations
Plant protection
Plant protection-Nematode
Composting
Organic crops
Soils
Planting and Sowing
Bees in Organic Horticulture
Organic livestock production 
Plant Growth Processes and Lifecycles
The Development of Organic Horticulture
Introduction to Pruning 

 

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Principles of Organic Production
Trainees who complete this course are able to demonstrate knowledge of :

  • Planning requirements for establishment and maintenance of  an organic horticultural production system,

  • Organic soil management,

  • Description of pest control in organic horticulture,

  • Factors that affect disease control in organic horticulture,

  • Weed management in organic horticulture

  • Companion planting in organic horticulture.  

 Fertilizers
This is a practical course where trainees will learn :

  • Types of biodynamic fertilizers Liquid or solid.

  • How to prepare and apply each of them .

 Preparations

  • This is a practical course where trainees will learn the original biodynamic (BD) preparations as numbered 500-508. Types of Preparations such as BD 500 (horn-manure), The BD 501 preparation (horn-silica), and the next six preparations, BD 502-507.  

  • Trainees will learn also how to prepare and apply each of them.

 Plant protection
Trainees learning :

  • How to recognize and encourage produce predators

  • Ways to distribute Predators in the field.  

 Plant protection-Nematode
Trainees learning :

  • How to recognize and encourage produce nematode

  • Ways to distribute Nematode in the field.

 Composting
Trainees learn and practice :

  • The principles of composting using effective microorganisms

  • Usage of  biodynamic compost.

 Organic crops
On completion of this course trainees will be able to describe the basic structure and function of plants and plant nutrition.

 Soils
Trainees will be able to :

  • Learn how to describe soil formation, basic biological, chemical and physical soil properties and how soil properties and organic fertilizers can be managed to optimize plant growth.

  • Assess and modify soil using sustainable practices, manage organic matter and maintain long term fertility.

  • Undertake basic soil analysis and take samples for soil tests.

 Planting and Sowing
Trainees will learn the principles of seed bed preparation, direct sowing and transplanting for a range of vegetable, green manure and cover crops grown at the BHU organic farm. Both hand and mechanical methods will be demonstrated.
 

Bees in Organic Horticulture
This course is a mixture of theory and practical, looking at the basics of managing and maintaining a healthy live organically as well as how to maximize the value and benefits of having bees in organic horticulture.
 

Organic livestock production  
The course aim to provide trainees with :

  • The theory and practical knowledge to produce healthy organic livestock

Plant Growth Processes and Lifecycles
This course enables trainees to describe how environmental factors affect plant growth processes and demonstrate knowledge of plant life cycles. Trainees will also demonstrate knowledge of a specific crop which is grown using environmental techniques to improve plant production and crop quality.

 The Development of Organic Horticulture
Trainees who complete this course are able to describe :

  • The basic relationships and characteristics of an organic system

  • Development of modern organic horticulture; describe the schools of thought that are credited with the development of the modern organic horticulture movement

  • Principles of a selected range of organic movements

  • Roles of key organizations that have a strong influence on organic horticulture.

 Introduction to Pruning
This course will train trainees how to use hand pruning equipment, orchard ladders or stools, and maintain orchard equipment. Students will practice pruning techniques in the B HU orchards.