to offer organic farming course
MOUNTBELLOW, Ireland, 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 farmers.
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.