Course starting on 26.10.2023
Applications welcomed till 05.10.2023
This course will give applicants a general introduction in organic farming. Learners will understand that organic farming entails a holistic approach towards the production of food and production without compromising the future generation of production. Organic farming is sustainable and it promotes the welfare of animals. The principles of care, fairness, health and ecology are enhanced while the methods and practices applied leads to the production of food without any residues of synthetic preservatives. The philosophy of organic agriculture is against genetically modified organisms. Regards the rearing of animals no antibiotics or growth hormones are allowed on the farm. This introduction course will instill insight in the learners to comprehend, appreciate and understand organic farming and provide them with the necessary skills to start their own organic business.
This is a 25 hrs of guided learning course. Students need to invest further hours in the course, which will include private study and home assignments.
Lessons are held as indicated on the prospectus and website.
Introduction to organic agriculture -principles. What is organic? Converting from conventional to organic. Provide basic knowledge on the principal natural pest control products used in the Mediterranean region. Supply useful information on the proper execution of treatments including time, dosages and combination of formulae. Hands on market gardening, fruit culture and free range layers.
Learning Outcome 1: Convert from conventional to organic practices
Learning Outcome 2: Apply a holistic approach towards organic production by embracing the principles of ecology, health, fairness and care
Learning Outcome 3: Manage a horticultural unit and a poultry unit
The following are the suggested pre-requisites and/or entry requirements needed:
• Farming background would be an asset.
Course participants may be awarded either an MCAST Certificate of Attendance or an MCAST Certificate of Achievement.
MCAST Certificate of Attendance
MCAST Certificate of Achievement
If the student intends to obtain a Certificate of Achievement, she/he is required to sit for an assessment/s. Assessment/s may take various forms such as a home assignment, class assignment, practical test and time constrained test. However, the assessment/s is not compulsory and an applicant may choose not to sit for it.
There are no additional costs or special materials/equipment to bring