Organic Farming Practices

Course CodeBAG305
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment
Learn How to Farm Organically.
For most organic producers, organics is more than just farming without chemicals. It means promoting the existing biological cycles, from micro-organisms in the soil to the plants and animals on the soil. It entails careful and efficient use of local resources, minimising pollution, and maintaining genetic diversity.
This course raises both your awareness and understanding of organic farming; providing insights and prompting you to explore the endless scope of possibilities emerging in this all important area of agriculture.

Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Organic Farming
  2. Farm Management Systems (rotation design, cash cropping, polyculture and biodynamic practices, etc)
  3. Management Issues for an Organic Farm (Organic certification schemes, marketing, public relations, managing the environment responsibly, etc)
  4. Soil Management on an Organic Farm (Compost Making, Fertility and Nutrition, Using Mulch, Cover cropping, Organic Fertilisers, etc)
  5. Managing Weeds
  6. Managing Health of Animals and Plants
  7. Mainstream Farm Livestock (Cattle, Sheep, Pigs)
  8. Other Livestock (Poultry, Goats, Alpacas, Ostriches, Venison)
  9. Managing Pastures
  10. Managing Agronomic Crops (Grain, Fibre, Hay, Silage, etc)

In many developed countries, including the US, the UK, and Australia, organic produce has been the fastest growing sector of agriculture over the last decade. In Australia farmers cannot grow enough organic produce to meet local demand. There is a significant demand in Japan and Europe for quality organic produce, so there are strong opportunities for organic farmers to supply produce for export markets. In the UK in recent years sales through box schemes, farmers' markets and farm shops have grown faster than any other retail outlet. Around 47% of organic farmers in the UK are likely to sell direct to the consumer, compared to 19% of non-organic farmers.


  • This course has the potential to transform the way you think about farming.
  • Your knowledge and understanding of organic methods will grow.
  • You will begin to see possibilities for applying ideas and techniques from various organic farming approaches; perhaps on a property you already own or work on, and maybe elsewhere
  • For some this course will expand your potential for employment or business, for others it will be an opportunity to learn more about an idea that you have a passion for, and to explore ways to use what you learn in your daily living.

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