Local produce - learn to grow produce in a small urban space
Modern technology and smart management has changed the face of modern farming - and change is only set to continue. Farms no longer need to be tens or hundreds of acres as they once were. Depending upon what you grow and how you grow it, some modern farms are less than an acre in size, and sometimes even less than half an acre.
With pressures on availability of land and desire by consumers to buy locally grown and environmentally considerate produce there are lots of advantages to farming in urban areas.
- Learn about environmentally friendly, sustainable produce.
- Understand self sustaining ecosystems.
- Learn about intensive food production with aquaponics.
- Improve and develop your own business or improve your career prospects.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
Course Duration: 1,000 hours.
Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.
Content: Study seven Core Modules and then choose three Elective Modules.
The Core Modules cover Sustainable Agriculture, Permaculture Systems,
Poultry, Commercial Vegetable Production, Aquaponics, Nursery Growers
Course, Agricultural Marketing.
Then choose three Electives from – Protected Plant Production, Green
Walls and Roofs, Hydroponic Management, Cut Flower Production, Herb
Culture, Culinary Herbs, Medicinal Herbs, Berry Production, Self
Sufficiency, Goat Husbandry.
The Core Modules for the Foundation Diploma in Urban Farming are
summarised below. Follow the title link for further information on
THE CORE MODULES
Sustainable Agriculture BAG215
This module presents many different techniques and general measures
which may be adopted in part or full to move a farm toward greater
sustainability. The 8 lesson module looks at ways to encourage the
adoption of techniques that help to preserve, maintain and work with
natural resources in order to maintain the balance of ecosystems. The
module covers a number of different areas of sustainability, from
looking at different ways of farming (natural, organic), detailing
specific areas of consideration such as soils and water, to wider
aspects such as the financial and social elements.
Permaculture Systems BHT201
permaculture system is a unique landscape where all the plants and
animals live in a balanced and self-sustaining ecosystem. Through 8
lessons, students will learn about the principles of permaculture.
Understanding natural systems and the elements of a permaculture system –
animals, plants, environment – will enable students to develop plans
for permaculture systems. Included within the module is a lesson on
relevant technologies, including solar and wind energy, bio fuels, water
recycling, and more.
Learn to manage poultry on a small or large scale, for production of
eggs, meat or young birds. This course covers all aspects of poultry
care and management including: Terminology, Breeds, Nutrition, Diseases
in Poultry, Layers, Broilers, Incubation, Brooding, Record Keeping,
Economics & Marketing; and is relevant to free range or other forms
Commercial Vegetable Production BHT222
8 lessons students will learn the principles to grow and harvest a wide
range of vegetable crops for a commercial market garden. The module
will encourage students to adopt sensible planning approaches and looks
at different cultures employed in the production of vegetables
(including hydroponic and greenhouse production), and includes lessons
which focus on areas such as pest control and irrigation. The module
goes beyond sole considerations of vegetable production with lessons on
harvesting, and the marketing of produce.
With this 10 lesson module, Aquaponics students will study this
intensive form of farming where the two main elements - fish and plants -
support each other. Crucial to understanding aquaponics, is the
development of the student’s knowledge of plant and animal nutrition and
growth. The module covers the essential hardware elements and by the
end of the module, students will be conversant with the different
options available and will be knowledgeable in the identification and
rectification of problems.
Nursery Growers Course VHT101
This is an introductory module which shows the beginner how to get
started in the nursery business. Students will learn how to propagate
plants, decide what to propagate, how to start a small inexpensive
operation, and to go about selling what they grow. Part of every lesson
is devoted to the important area of building up a knowledge of plants.
Through six lessons students will learn how many established nurseries
have started out slowly as a small part time operation, and how they can
follow the same path.
Agricultural Marketing BAG304
The manager of a rural business faces continually changing conditions
rarely experienced in other industries. They have to continually
consider, evaluate, assess the numerous changes and types of information
that may affect the success of the business. Although crucial to the
success of the business, the manager also needs to understand the unique
markets within which they operate, and how to capitalise on market
forces to maximise their profit. This 8 lesson module looks at
establishing marketing objectives and strategies for a farming business,
whilst showing students how to identify markets and understand the
components of the marketing mix. The module includes lessons on
customer care, market research, promotions, and managing marketing.
THE ELECTIVE MODULES
Students are to select 3 Electives from those listed below. Follow the title link for further information on each.
Protected Plant Production BHT223
Green Walls and Roofs BHT256
Hydroponic Management - Hydroponics II BHT213
Cut Flower Production BHT221
Herb Culture BHT114
Culinary Herbs VHT242
Medicinal Herbs BHT227
Berry Production BHT309
Self Sufficiency I ASS100
Goat Husbandry BAG223
Local produce - learn to grow produce in a small urban space
technology and smart management has changed the face of modern farming -
and change is only set to continue. Farms no longer need to be tens or
hundreds of acres as they once were. Depending upon what you grow and
how you grow it, some modern farms are an acre or less in size.
With pressures on availability of land and a desire by consumers to buy
locally grown and environmentally considerate produce there are lots of
advantages to farming in urban areas.
HOW THE COURSE WORKS
It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of
your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.
Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every
step of the way. If you have any questions at all, they are always
happy to help.
Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment
which the student submits to their course tutor. The tutor will mark
the assignment and return this to the student with comments and
suggestions for further reading.
How the Foundation Diploma is Assessed
The Foundation Diploma In Urban Farming requires approximately 1,000 hours of study. It is made up of ten 100 hour modules.
To pass the course –
- Pass all assignments on the ten 100
hour modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to
submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
- Pass ten examinations – one on each
module. These are usually taken at the end of the module and can be
arranged at a time and location to suit you.
This qualification is accredited by IARC (International Accreditation and Recognition Council).
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