Organic Production Principles (QQI Level 5)

Learn what’s involved in converting to organic farming with this 25-hour / 2 weekend course in Organic Production Principles. The practical organic course is QQI Level 5 certified, and is accepted to gain access onto the Organic Farming Scheme.

On completion of the course, participants will be proficient in:

  • Interpretation of organic standards
  • The principles of organic production
  • Assessing economic viability and market opportunities

Course Timetable  (Total 25 hours)

Weekend 1:

  • Friday April 24th 2020. Classroom Session 5.30pm – 10.00pm
  • Saturday April 25th 2020. Classroom Session + Afternoon Farm Walk 09.00am – 4.30pm

Weekend 2:

  • Friday May 8th 2020. Classroom Session 5.30pm – 10.00pm
  • Saturday May 9th 2020. Classroom Session + Afternoon Farm Walk 09.00am – 4.30pm

Cost:
€200 when booked through NOTS

Venue: 
– Drumshanbo Enterprise Centre, Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim

Course Content / Modules:

  • Review the origin and history of organic production
  • State the principles of organic production
  • Interpret the Organic Standards
  • How to complete an organic conversion plan
  • Assess the economic viability and market opportunities for organic production.
  • Preparing a business plan for farmers considering conversion
  • Background to organic production
  • Principles of organic production
  • Organic Standards
  • Economics of organic production
  • Organic Scheme requirements
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