Course Availability: Full Time
COVID 19 Student Information:
Regrettably we have taken the decision to postpone our BD course for this year and will be looking at our options for 2022 later on in the year.
A practical and theoretical introduction.
- Would you like to understand the fundamental principles of biodynamic agriculture and gardening?
- Are you looking to deepen your practical skills in growing?
- Would you like to build your confidence in biodynamic food growing - whether it be in the back garden, or making steps towards larger scale production?
Our BD Training harnesses the richness of the area through regular learning-by-doing opportunities at Emerson and on our partnering farms supporting our training - long-standing sister farms, Plaw Hatch and Tablehurst, and the neighbouring Smallholding for Education. Throughout the course of the training, participants will benefit from content delivered by practising experts, as well as enjoy evening talks and lectures on a range of relevant subjects. We will pay regular visits to other surrounding inspirational holdings, including a week-long course trip further afield.
WHO IS IT FOR?
This training is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who may be seeking a refresher course. It is particularly suitable for those who wish to have an experiential exploration of their interest in biodynamic gardening, both practically and theoretically.
WHAT WILL YOU GAIN?
- A thorough experiential and theoretical understanding of biodynamics
- The basic practical skills and confidence required to grow vegetables on a small or large scale
- The opportunity to learn from and work alongside practising experts who are passionately supporting the vitality of life and health from the soil to the stars
- Inspiration from visiting unique settings where biodynamics is applied, and where the purpose extends outside of the classic focus on production. This is likely to include therapeutic settings, nature conservation, schools, and growing for a restaurant
- The experience of being part of an international community where they can live, work and learn from and alongside their peers
- The experience oneself as part of a living whole through growing and eating locally produced food as well as through developing observational skills through artistic work
WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?
Participants need to be:
- Undaunted by sometimes hard, physical work.
- As flexible as the weather! The very nature of working in the outdoor environment makes one susceptible to changes of plan according to weather, urgency of tasks...etc. We will have a weekly schedule which we will adhere to as much as possible, while remaining flexible to change as needed.
- Open and willing. As this training emphasises the practical and participants will be given real experience working with production gardeners, openness and willingness to engage with the current task laid out by the grower is a must.
The College will follow its access and recruitment policy to ensure equality and diversity in recruitment for this programme
- biodynamic preparations
- soil health
- green manure
- crop rotation
- plant growth
- nurturing and protecting crops from pests and diseases
- fruit production
- rhythm of the year: year-round crops
- patterns of the earth and stars as explored with practical geometry using compass and straight-edge
- cultivating awareness through plant observation