This course was supported by Erasmus+ Project - SFARM and developed in response to a strong, growing interest in organic gardening and is intended to examine the basics of small-scale organic gardening. The topics and depth of information offered will help learners study the basics, while also offer learners the opportunity to expand their knowledge base. Additionally, students will walk away with a wealth of resources to look into for further study.

The course has a strong foundation in soil health and its impact on plant health and a whole systems approach to gardening. The course also explores various techniques for growing different kinds of garden plants – annuals and perennials, food plants and ornamentals.

Participants are required to read assigned material, participate in group discussions with other students, complete reflective writing/design work and take part in some hands-on activities. It is designed to keep a pace of one topic each week (see outline and syllabus).