Level 3: Practitioner

Level 3: Practitioner


Level 2. A good understanding of the concepts of agroecology

Course objectives

Acquiring the theoretical and practical knowledge essential for designing, implementing, managing and evaluating an agroecological system. In particular, acquiring the practical knowledge for: soil fertility and soil life management; crop rotation design; controlling weeds, crop diseases and pests; grassland management, rotational grazing, nutrition and control of livestock parasites and diseases; use of agricultural machines and tools; product processing and selling; economic management.

Teaching content and methods

  • First group meeting:
    • You will receive a folder or additional material with a ‘Who’s who’ (Participants’ and teachers’ curriculum vitae, description of participants’ projects, addresses), schedule with dates and times of classes, etc.
    • Oral introduction of participants and teachers (Curriculum vitae and goals).
  • Level 3 consists mainly of practical work: monitoring crops, grassland and livestock; diagnosing the status of plots and animals through observation field tours; testing agricultural tools; etc.  Participants get directly involved in managing plots with seedlings and plantations, working the soil including by draught animals and micro-tractors, soil fertilisation, pruning and grafting fruit trees, caring for livestock, etc.
  • Participants’ projects are analysed, covering the following topics in particular:
    • Conversion of a conventional agricultural system to agroecology
    • Design and implementation of ecological infrastructure
    • Design, implementation and detailed management of crop rotation (cropping calendar, procedure for carrying out technical acts, weed control, harvests, etc.)
    • Design, implementation and detailed management of grazing land (calendar, number of paddocks, grazing and rest periods, managing grass surpluses, combining several groups of animals, controlling weeds, etc.)
    • Livestock breeding methods: nutrition, reproduction, care, prophylaxis, animal well-being, etc.
    • Product processing: preserving fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy product processing, bread-making, etc.
    • Techniques of short and local marketing chains: CSA (AMAP, GASAP, etc.), web technology sale tools, cooperative stores, farm shops, sale by telephone and email, etc.
    • Legal aspects: agricultural leases, cooperatives, commercial companies (s.p.r.l., s.a., etc.)
    • Economic and financial aspects: knowledge of business, accounting, how banks operate, calculating business plans.
  • Field visits supplement knowledge acquired during practical work in a variety of situations.

The course

  • Duration: 208 hours or 26 days (weekends and holidays)
  • Number of participants: 30 (maximum)
  • Location: Château de Famelette, Wanze, Belgium

Price: € 3,900 (excl. VAT)*, € 4,719 (incl. 21% VAT)

*Meals are included.

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Training content

  • Theory
  • Practice

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