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Organic Distance Programme: What the training will cover

What the training will cover:

The Foundations (History and Development) of Organic Horticulture

Students who complete this course are able to: describe the basic relationships and characteristics of an organic system; describe the development of modern organic horticulture; describe the schools of thought that are credited with the development of the modern organic horticulture movement; describe the principles of a selected range of organic movements; and describe the roles of key organisations that have a strong influence on organic horticulture.


Students learn and practice the principles of hot composting, bokashi using effective microorganisms and how to use biodynamic compost reparations.


Students learn how to describe soil formation, basic biological, chemical and physical soil properties and how soil properties and organic fertilisers can be managed to optimise plant growth. Students will also be able to assess and modify soil using sustainable practices, manage organic matter and maintain long term fertility. The student will also undertake basic soil analysis and take samples for soil tests.


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


The shelter course aims to provide students with the theory and practical knowledge to select, plant, prune and maintain healthy shelter trees. Students will practice hoe to plant, maintain and coppice the mixed species shelter plantings and Food Forest at the BHU.


Students completing this course will be able to: describe the principles of permaculture; outline procedures used to analyse a site for permaculture; create a permaculture plan for a selected site; and describe considerations when implementing the permaculture plan. Students develop a plan using permaculture principles for a site of their choice.


Planting to Retain Insects and Birds

This course looks at how to attract birds and other beneficial organisms, improve biodiversity and select and manage plant species with this in mind.