Grow vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers – the biodynamic horticulture training
provides you with the skills to make the most of a small area! Did you know that
you can grow all the fruit and vegetables for 25 families on just 1 acre? And that
you can start your own organic or biodynamic market garden on a shoestring budget?
This course is for people who would like to make a change, and want to make it now!
Don’t wait, learn on this course all the skills and knowledge on how to grow organic
vegetables, fruit, herbs and cut flowers, all of which there is a huge demand for.
After the course, rent or buy your own land and get started in this exciting field
of work! Graduates of the course find the job of their life in various community
gardening projects in cities and towns. This is an area that is expected to increase
even more in the years to come.
Why biodynamic? Organic horticulture is great! Biodynamic horticulture is even better!
It adds something special to the organic method. We use special herbal preparations
on our fields and crops in order to balance the forces of growth and reproduction.
We can use the moon calendar to grow crops that are even stronger and healthier which
often taste better and keep longer in winter storage. We want to be able to work
creatively, or even artistically in order to create gardens and holdings that not
only feed or stomachs but also nourish our souls. The keywords are beauty and balance…
The course is an accredited Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture: this means that
you can apply for a Career Development Loan or an Adult Learning Grant and at the
end of the course you get an official qualification. During the course we cover all
aspects of organic and biodynamic horticulture. Subjects covered include: Soil science,
plant propagation, developing a crop rotation, sowing, weed control, pest and disease
management, harvesting and storage techniques, soft and top fruit production, tree
pruning, grafting trees, production of perennials (herbs and cut flowers), production
under glass or polytunnels, beekeeping, etc, etc. This is the ideal course for everyone
who would like to make a living from a small area of land by growing vegetables,
fruit, herbs or cut flowers for the local and regional market.
The course 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 garden prior
to starting the course.