Agriculture college to offer organic farming course
August 6, 2003: Mountbellew Agriculture College
in Co Galway has announced plans to offer a new course
on organic farming. The program will be available to students
beginning this fall.
The two-year course, accredited by the Further Education
and Training Awards Council (FETAC), is designed for people
who want a career in organic farming. The course is equivalent
to the existing Vocational Certificate in Agriculture
and has the same recognition as a qualification for young
The course will combine classroom sessions and practical
training and will include work on the organic demonstration
farm run by Teagasc near Athenry. During their first-year,
students will spend half their days in the fields and
half their days in the classroom taking courses on soils
and plants, animal and crop production, machinery, the
environment, farm buildings, personal development and
health and safety.
During their second-year, students will spend 36 weeks
on paid work experience on an approved training farm where
they will learn management and develop competence in the
skills associated with their chosen specialty. An additional
eight weeks are spent on course work at Mountbellew.
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