Organic farming masterclass

Learn the principles and practical step-by-step techniques to SET UP and RUN a successful organic farm.

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Overview

Consumers have become increasingly more concerned about the quality, safety, and environmental-friendliness of food. Consequently, organic farming has become one the fastest growing segments of agriculture and emerged as a global priority.

However, lack of technical know-how on how to start and run an organic farm profitably hinders many from taking advantage of the opportunities within the organic food industry.

This Organic Farming Masterclass will walk you through step-by-step techniques and guidelines to effectively start and manage a profitable and successful organic farm business. You will be guided on what you need to know and do to setup and organic farm, how to develop soil fertility plan, pest management protocols, assess customer needs, develop marketing plans, produce organic inputs (e.g. compost), and how to grow an organic farm into a sustainable business.

By the end this masterclass, you will know how to integrate core organic farming principles into an effective farm business that optimizes profit and sustainability goals.

Curriculum

In this module, you will learn the core principles that guide organic farming systems  and the basic requirements to be certified organic. You will have the opportunities to learn from experts with decades of experience as certified organic farmers.

This module will give you the opportunity to be part of setting up a real organic farm in Nigeria. You will learn the practical step-by-step of what needs to be considered or in place to start a successful organic farm.

This module is designed to help you think of your organic farm as a startup business. How do you identify a burning consumer need that your organic farm business is uniquely suited to fulfill? How do you explain your organic farm business concept in less than 60 seconds to someone who knows next to nothing about agriculture?

These are some of the questions you should be able to answer at the end of this module.

Specifically, lessons to be covered in this module will include:

  • Choosing what to produce (choosing your niche)
  • Location and finding land
  • Sourcing needed equipment and supplies
  • Developing a business model and business plan
  • Start-Up Budgeting and Funding

The module provides an introduction to sustainable soil fertility management and organic agriculture approach to
soil fertility management. Specifically, you will learn about:

  • Relevance of the different soil components for soil fertility.
  • Prevention of soil erosion and management of soil organic matter
  • Tools for organic soil fertility management.

The module will point out the relevance of investing in the long-term productivity of the farm to minimize risks and ensure the farm's sustainability.

At the end of this module, you will be able to develop a soil fertility plan for your farm.

The module describes the general approach of organic farming to pest, disease and weed management, and presents the different tools to manage pests, diseases and weeds in crops and in storage.

You will learn how to recognize, identify, manage and prevent crop stressors like pests, insects, and weeds.

One of the outcomes of this module is the development of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan for your farm.

The module will work you through production of organic inputs that could enhance profitability. Some of the lessons to be covered are:

  • Composting and compost making
  • Black soldier flies farming for livestock
  • Biopesticides production
  • Manure tea production

 

The module will introduce you to the entrepreneurial understanding of organic farm management.

You will learn how to interpret, develop and track a realistic, yet profitable budget for your organic farm operations.

The module will provide information on essential activities such as regular planning and record keeping.

A major outcome of this module is the development of enterprise budget for your organic farm operations.

In this module, you will learn organic market diversification and how to carve your niche. You will develop effective business strategies to identify, produce, package, brand and distribute sellable organic products to your target audience at both local and global level.

In this module, you will learn organic farm record-keeping tactics, requirements, and legal process to complete an organic certification application and become a certified organic farm.

The module will also explain the key challenges related to conversion to organic farming.

A major outcome of this module is the development of Organic System Plan for your organic farm operations.

How the masterclass works

COURSE LENGTH

8-weeks, part-time

EFFORT

5-8 hours per week

CLASS SIZE

Under 30 people

HANDS-ON PROJECT

Projects to help you execute

FORMAT

Virtual and intense

MODEL

Built and led by executives

Experts and Coaches

A sneak peak

The masterclass features engaging topics. Here are just a few of them.

certification

Module 4: Soil Management

  • Measuring and monitoring soil health
  • Interpreting soil test result
  • Seed quality: What to look for
  • Use of fertilizers to improve soil fertility

Module 4: Soil Management

  • Measuring and monitoring soil health
  • Interpreting soil test result
  • Seed quality: What to look for
  • Use of fertilizers to improve soil fertility
bug fixing

Module 5: Organic Pest Management

  • Fundamentals of ecological pest control
  • Developing an IPM plan
  • Stages of IPM implementation
  • Scouting and managing insect pest

Module 5: Organic Pest Management

  • Fundamentals of ecological pest control
  • Developing an IPM plan
  • Stages of IPM implementation
  • Scouting and managing insect pest

Module 7: Organic Farm Market Development

  • Entrepreneurship of organic farming
  • Creating market differentiation
  • Marketing and crop rotation needs
  • Fundamentals of customer-oriented marketing

Module 7: Organic Farm Market Development

  • Entrepreneurship of organic farming
  • Creating market differentiation
  • Marketing and crop rotation needs
  • Fundamentals of customer-oriented marketing

Module 8: Organic Farm Certification

  • Record-keeping in organic farms
  • Organic farm legal certification process
  • Certification application requirements and review
  • Certifying organic farm for international market

Module 8: Organic Farm Certification

  • Record-keeping in organic farms
  • Organic farm legal certification process
  • Certification application requirements and review
  • Certifying organic farm for international market

Download a Brochure

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Download the Organic Farming Masterclass brochure to review program details.

Benefits Of The Masterclass

Who Should Enroll

FAQs

We value every single application we receive and guarantee a response from our admissions team. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email and our team will queue your application for review. Our admissions team will then review your application by hand in the order that it's received. We receive many applications so we appreciate your patience as this step can take some time. Once our team has reached an admission decision, you will be notified via email. If you are admitted, you will then need to complete payment in order to secure your spot.

In an effort to ensure quality and a terrific experience for our participants, we cap the number of participants for each of cohort. The number of seats in each cohort varies. If we are oversubscribed for a specific cohort, we often add a second section.

The Organic Farming Masterclass is designed for those that want to start or run organic farm profitably. We screen potential members to identify people that answers yes to any of the question under the "who should enroll?" section above.

While we do not restrict applications by geographic location, we do expect all members to be fluent in English. Your time and money are valuable, and we never want to waste either by over-promising anything that we cannot provide.
The Organic Farming Masterclass is unlikely to be a good investment for you if you are in search of quick hacks and tips.

Establishing a profitable organic farm takes hard work and ongoing effort. We offer proven frameworks and long-term strategies - not shortcuts.

Our cohort-based Programs are intense. You get out what you put in. We compressed decades of professional experience into streamlined 8 week part-time experiences. To get the most out of the program, you should expect to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week on program material and event attendance. Our most successful participants spend 8-10 hours per week.

This cohort is entirely online. You can attend from anywhere in the world. Times and day of the week of live sessions will be part of the information you receive when the admission decision is communicated with you. All events are recorded and uploaded to your program materials.

A one time payment costs $179. There is an option to pay two installments of $99 or three installments of $79.

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