Or­gan­ics course will grow to meet de­mand

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

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.

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