Organic Farming Institute of British Columbia - Introduction to Organic Soil Management and Nutrient Cycles
Organizations’ name: Organic Farming Institute of British Columbia
Training title: Org10: Introduction to Organic Soil Management and Nutrient Cycles
Place (city and country): On-Line course
Keremeos, British Columbia, Canada
Training language(s): English
Dates and frequency: First Course Starting April 13, 2009
Following courses starting July 6, 2009 and then every 3 months
Duration: Course content is expected to take 35-45 hours.
Cost (Euros and US $):
Funding available: No
Target groups and admission requirements: Prospective Students
- Grower already using organic production methods and you want to improve your understanding of organic principles and get better at applying them successfully in you operation.
- Planning to or engaged in launch of new organic growing operation
- Currently operating a conventional farm and considering or planning a transition to organic production methods
- A current student in an agricultural science related program in a post-secondary learning institution
- A researcher, consultant or other professional working in agriculture, sustainability or a related field and you required a more solid foundation in organic principles
There are no admission requirements however basic computer skills are assumed.
- Doing research and searches on the internet
- Using Microsoft work or other work processing software
- Managing files (e.g. renaming files, uploading and downloading files from the internet etc…)
- Basic manipulation of digital images.
Training Objectives: This course provides an overview of organic soil management principles and practices, as well as the basic knowledge underlying these practices related to the nature of soil, nutrient cycles and other key topics.
The objective is for the student to gain an excellent knowledge foundation that will allow students to understand why good organic farmers do what they do.
This is an on-line training program
Unit 1 – Introduction to Organic Soil Management
• Course Overview and Preparation
• Principles of Organic Soil Management
Unit 2 – Basic Knowledge and Skills
• Basic Plant and soil chemistry
• Soil formation, properties and types
• Soil organic matter and biodiversity
• Nutrient, plant growth and nutrient cycles
• Site evaluation, soil pH and soil testing
Unit 3 – Soil Management Practices on the organic farm
• Basic Soil cultivation techniques
• Using green manure crops to build and maintain soil fertility
• Using compost and manures to improve soil structure, water retention and organic matter
• Applying acceptable mineral and organic inputs to address soil problems
Unit 4 – Field Training
• Review of the basics
• Basic Soil Cultivation techniques
• Using green manure
• Using compost and manures
• Applying other acceptable mineral and organic inputs
Organic Farming Institute of British Columbia
Box 247, Keremeos, BC, V0X 1N0
Tel: (250) 938-7634