Nutrient management—providing crop nutrients in the right amount and at the right time—is one of the most important aspects of managing a farm. This course is designed to improve farmers' nutrient management skills, to help them reach the production and profit goals they have set for their farm business. In this course, we use the word organic in its broadest sense to indicate an ecological, whole-system approach to nutrient management.
This in-depth course covers the key concepts, principles and practices of organic nutrient management. By working through this course, you will:
This course is targeted toward managers of small- to medium-scale diversified vegetable farms. Although the course focuses on organic nutrient sources and methods, it is not just for organic farmers. Anyone interested in developing a more holistic approach to nutrient management will benefit from taking this course. The techniques, strategies and skills covered are relevant to all types of farms.
This is an intermediate- to advanced-level course, so we also recommend that participants have at least four years of farming under their belts. Beginning farmers are welcome to join, but may find the material challenging.