This is our core course. It is an essential component of the Diploma in Organic Land Care. It is intense, challenging and inspiring, consisting of lectures and hands-on exercises. You will get the same comprehensive, professional curriculum as the Organic Horticulture Specialist course, but discussions will generally reflect the interests of a more mixed audience including home gardeners, budding farmers and landscape professionals.
- Learn to create fabulous food and ornamental gardens without pesticides and other harmful chemicals
- Become involved with SOUL (Society for Organic Urban Land Care) and share your knowledge with your community through workshops, talks and other creative ways
- Gain essential skills to start or enhance your own business in the rapidly growing organic land care industry
- Prepare to write the SOUL Organic Certification exam for land care professionals
- Earn generous Continuing Education Credits to maintain your industry certifications (ISA, CNLA, BCSLA, SOUL)
Required Textbook: Working with Nature - Shifting Paradigms by Heide Hermary, Gaia College (2007). This book is particularly designed to lead the student through the paradigm shift necessary before he/she is capable of truly holistic thinking.
This e-book is included in the course fees and is available at the course website, together with comprehensive on-line lessons and other resources – including on-line libraries.
Required Supplies (in order to complete the practical assignments):
- Bypass pruners
- Basic gardening tools
- Materials for composting, garden bed installation, compost tea and other microbial preparations. Microbial inoculants, compost tea brewers, etc. can be purchased from The Organic Gardener's Pantry
Everyone is welcome. No previous experience required. Just come, learn and have fun. To receive a Certificate of Completion, students must attend all sessions and satisfactorily complete all assignments and quizzes.
Part of the Gaia College/Royal Roads University Diploma in Organic Land Care.
Find out more.