Organics course will grow to meet demand
South Waikato residents can tap into a part-time organics course through Agriculture New Zealand. While there is a course scheduled to start in Cambridge in March, Agriculture New Zealand also welcome expressions of interests from residents further south in the Waikato. Enough interest will see a second course arranged that is closer to Putaruru, Tokoroa and even Otorohanga – depending where the demand is.
Organisers said the course will appeal to keen gardeners, plant growers, landscapers, lifestyleblock owners, permaculture planners and habitat restoration workers, as well as those seeking a healthier alternative to conventional food production.
Course content can be applied not only to food crops but also to the cultivation of ornamental plants and gardens, pastures, orchards, shelterbelts or woodlots.
Organic philosophies also embrace the principles of kaitiakitanga.‘‘ A science-based approach is used to separate myth from fact, while exploring a wide range of organic techniques and systems.’’
Topics covered include organic principles and philosophies, certification, soil management, soil food-webs, composting, companion planting, crop rotation, green manures, organic weed, pest and disease management, plant knowledge, how to attract beneficial insects, systems design and an introduction to permaculture.
Call 0800 475 455 to find out about a course in this area.