What You Will Learn…
- Read signs that show the basic characteristics of the soil
- Conduct basic soil tests to better understand your soil
- Boost soil biology to support your crops
- Develop climate change resilience by increasing soil carbon
- Interpret a soil laboratory test
- Make quality compost and worm castings
- Use plant diversity to improve soil fertility
- Plan a comprehensive soil fertility program for your land
Discover how successful farmers create the perfect environment for profitable chemical free farming.
The Course begins as soon as you register. It’s a self-paced course where you can access the Lessons anytime once they are released. Lessons are written and presented by Alan Broughton.
You have lifetime access to the course; once they are made available online they remain there for you to access permanently.
You also get access to a study group to ask questions and online learning quizzes.
At the end you also receive a Certificate of Completion!
Who is this course is for:
For all farmers and anyone who wants to grow plants without using chemicals.
What’s in this Online Course:
- Relationship Between Soil Physics, Biology and Chemistry
- Ecological Soil Fertility Management Principles
- Soil Formation
- Soils of Australia
- Soil Profile Examination
- Weeds as Indicators of Soil Conditions
- Symptoms of Nutrient Deficiency and Excess
- Useful Soil Fertility Monitoring Tools
- Soil Laboratory Analysis
- Taking Soil Samples
- Soil Colour
- Soil Texture Testing
- Soil Structure
- Soil Stability: The Emerson Test
- Acidity and Alkalinity
- Bacteria: Benefits, Nodulation of Legumes, Azotobacter, Actinobacteria)
- Fungi: Benefits, Mycorrhiza
- Encouraging Micro-Organisms
- Bacteria-Fungi Balance
- Soil Biology Monitoring: Using a Microscope, Lab Testing
- Non-Microbial Soil Life: Collembola, Mites, Dung Beetles, Earthworms
- Soil Testing versus Foliar Testing
- Chemical Symbols
- Biodynamic farming
- Compost making: materials, method, usage
- Compost tea and compost extract
- Soil fertility trees
- Manufactured organic fertilisers
- Biological preparations and stimulants
- Manure and weed teas
- Coal, ash, charcoal
- Rock dust, paramagnetism
- Foliar fertilising
- Animals as soil improvers
Bonus: Why Farm Without Chemicals?
- “If some are suppressed, others will take their place” “Microbes recover” “Fertilisers increase carbon sequestration by increasing growth”
- Not all chemicals harm all biology: Balance is changed
- Most valuable are most affected: Mycorrhiza, nitrogen fixers, methanotrophs, disease suppressors, earthworms
- Less than 20% of pesticides have ever been tested for soil biology effects
- Studies often short term, lab based, using active ingredients only, only measuring biomass
- Roundup is registered as an antibiotic
- A scientific literature ignored Are chemicals sacred?
Author, Biological Agriculture Researcher
& Organic Farming Teacher. From a small Merino farm in NE Victoria. B.Arts (Monash 1971), Cert. Horticulture (Burnley 1975), Graduate Diploma Sustainable Agriculture (Orange 1998). Involved with Organic Agriculture Association (Gippsland) since 1985, currently vice-president. Nursery work. Small organic producer (certified by NASAA for 5 years). Wrote and taught Diploma of Organic Farming 2001-2016 (NMIT, Federation Training).