Imagine you had a plot of land, say 20 acres, perhaps 200 or even 5,000 acres: What
would you do with it? Rear cows, sheep, goats, grow field vegetables or grain, coppice
woodland or all of the above? It is a dream shared by many; to get good quality food,
quality of life, support the local community, be supported by them and make a living-
all at once! This course is all about you and that plot of land!
60,000 new farmers are needed in the next decade in the UK to fill all the positions
of retiring farmers. The average age of farmers in the UK is 58, and half of all
farmers do not have a successor to take over the farm when they retire.
Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the above news and statistics regarding global
warming and peak oil, many young people want to do something now! They want to be
part of the solutions for food production for today and tomorrow. Sustainable farming
methods are emerging but more research and study needs to be done, and soon!
The earliest and most established form of modern sustainable agriculture is Biodynamic
Biodynamic farming offers very efficient tools and techniques for food production,
bringing back the concept of the farm organism. Which is a mixed farm where optimum
recycling of nutrients, waste and energy takes place. It is also a place of beauty
During the training students study plants and animals from a holistic perspective.
They explore what conventional science has to offer in connection with the soil,
plants and technology. With this in mind, the students learn how to drive a tractor
and to maintain farm equipment. They learn how to milk and feed livestock and how
to calculate fodder rations.
Our unique approach to learning explores biodynamic farming through the arts, through
philosophy and through practical activities. The Biodynamic Agriculture course is
an all-round training for students who would like to run their own smallholding or
Graduates from our course run biodynamic farms on all continents, they work in therapeutic
centres, run community farm projects, are involved in the Transition Town Networks,
and they produce wholesome food without destroying the Earth.
The course is an accredited Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture: this means that
you can apply for a Career Development Loan or an Adult Learning Grant. At the end
of the course you get an officially certified qualification.
The training consists of six months college-based learning, followed by a six month’s
work placement, after which students come back for the final six months at the college.
Depending on your experience we recommend 2-3 months work placement on a farm prior
to starting the course.
If you want to be part of the change, to a social, spiritual, human and ecological
form of farming, then a career in biodynamic farming is for you.