Level 3: Practitioner
Level 2. A good understanding of the concepts of agroecology
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.
- 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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