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Price: £340.00Course Code: BAG305 CLD
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( Arnaud, 18/11/2016 ) Q:

Hi there, Is the organic farming certificate 4 internationally recognised? Can I study whenever I want to or is there any deadline for assessments or exams? Kind regards,

( 30/11/2016 ) A:

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Thank you for your question. 

Our course qualifications are not on any country''s recognised qualifications framework. However, this has not stopped many of our satisfied previous customers gaining employment or university places with them. Please check our our testimonials page.

Although we are not "officially" recognised, we are members of a number of organisation which help us to be unofficially recognised globally. For example, we are members of IRAC - an International Accrediting Body and we are a recognised centre for TQUK - a UK Ofqual approved Awarding Organisation. This helps to establish ADL's credibility as a learning establishment, but doesn't guarantee graduates will be able to turn our qualification into a job, Employers nowadays will often test the validity of any qualification (even the recognised ones), against what they are looking for in an employee. If the job applicant can't demonstrate that they have learned what the interviewer is looking for, they won't get the job. It's as simple as that. 

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Organic Farming

Organic Farming course online. Home Study - Distance Learning - Organic Farming. Become a successful organic farmer! Organic farming has been growing in popularity, with farmers adopting it for economic, ethical or sustainability reasons there is no doubt that this method of farming is set to stay. This distance learning course will teach you to manage both plant and animal production in a natural and environmentally responsible way. You will develop a solid foundation knowledge in how to set up an organic farm, or convert an existing farm to organic practices.

Lesson Structure:  Organic Farming BAG305

There are 10 lessons:

  1. Introduction to Organic Farming
    • Scope
    • Nature
    • History
    • Types of organic farming
  2.  Integrated Farm Management System
    • rotation design
    • Cash crops
    • Managing waste
    • Permaculture
    • Polyculture
    • Biodynamics etc
  3. Organic Management Issues
    • Certification
    • Environmental concerns
    • Marketing
    • PR
  4. Organic Soil Management and Crop Nutrition
    • Composting
    • Mulching
    • Green manuring
    • Over crops
    • Organic fertilisers
  5. Weed Management
    • Selecting appropriate techniques of control
    • Weed identification
  6. Pest and Disease Management
    • Selecting appropriate techniques of control
    • Weed identification
  7. Livestock Management I
    • Beef
    • Dairy
    • Sheep
    • Pigs
  8. Livestock Management II
    • Poultry
    • Goats
    • Alpacas
    • Ostriches
    • Deer
  9. Pasture
    • Pasture Varieties
    • Management Principles
    • Intensive systems
    • Nitrogen fixation
    • Correct seed mix
    • Risks with legumes
  10. Crops
    • Wheat
    • Plant Fibre
    • Hay and Silage
    • Mung Beans
    • Sesame seed, etc
Learning Goals:  Organic Farming BAG305
  • 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.
Practicals:
  • 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.

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).

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 Info
Course StartAnytime
Course Hours100
Recognised Issuing BodyTQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.
Course CodeBAG305
Course PrerequisiteNo, start at anytime
Course QualificationLevel 4 Certificate in Organic Farming
Exam Required?Finalised with an exam/test
UK Course Credits10 Credits
US Course Credit Hours3 Credit Hours
Study SupportYou'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.

                                                                             

 

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