Courses in Organic Horticulture – Fairfield House, Nelson

Course times and Structure

9.30am to 3pm One day a week at Fairfield House, Nelson, for 8 months (excluding the school holidays): end of August 2011 – end of May 2012.

There is also an evening class starting in Richmond, which will have some field trips on occasional weekends.

All courses involve practical gardening as well as theory, and many field trips which are a highlight. We have a garden on site at Fairfield House for the Level 3 course.

Unit standards are completed on these courses, which are a requirement, so there is some homework to do! If you can keep up with the assessments, which are all open book – no exams -you should have your holidays free!

What will you Learn?

Level 3 Organics

  • Historic development of organic horticulture
  • Basic principles of organic systems
  • Organic philosophies and schools of thought
  • Soils and sustainable soil management practises
  • Establishing shelter to attract beneficial insects, birds and insects
  • Identifying and managing pests and diseases
  • Making compost
  • Companion planting
  • Organic weed control methods
  • Crop rotation and green manures
  • Permaculture
  • Planning and developing an organic property

Level 4 Applied Organics

  • The New Zealand organics industry
  • Organic certification
  • Integrated management of pests, diseases, biodiversity, and soils for your property
  • Post harvest handling, storage and transport
  • Water quality and related land use
  • Training and Pruning fruit trees
  • Identify Plants
  • Liquid Fertilisers
  • Seed saving and propagation


Approx $200-300 depending on the course

Contact: Jenny North
03 5450188