This course is only for landscape professionals with horticulture education and a minimum of 2 years work experience in this field. It focuses on the topics covered in the SOUL Organic Land Care Accreditation exam. If you are considering completing Gaia College's Diplomas or do not have the required education and work experience, please enrol in either the Organic Master Gardener or the Organic Horticulture Specialist course.
The major emphasis in this OLC course is on soil management, and the connection between soil health and landscape health. Using Organic Turf Management as an example, you will learn a new decision making framework that will enable you to work with natural processes to create and maintain healthy, beautiful landscapes.
Soil is the foundation of landscape health. Whether you grow ornamental gardens, turf or vegetables, you need to understand how soil works.
All too often soil is looked at primarily as a "growing medium", something lifeless and sterile. However, soil is the exact opposite; it's an ecosystem and needs to be managed as such. The greatest biodiversity on earth occurs, or should occur, in the top few inches of soil. Soil ecosystem health and plant health are inseparably linked.
Soil processes are universal, applying equally to ornamental landscapes, turf and agricultural crops. Our job is primarily one of fine-tuning.
In this intensive, professional course you will learn how to
You will learn how the use of environmental toxins is counterproductive to achieving your landscape goals. A new decision making framework will be presented to enable you to work with nature to create and maintain healthy, beautiful landscapes, including lawns.
Support for the process of transitioning a landscape from chemical dependency to organic self-sufficiency is what sets this course apart from traditional soil science courses.
This workshop is ideal for professional gardeners who wish to eliminate their use of toxic chemicals:
Those who have been practicing conventional horticulture will find their practices challenged, nagging doubts exposed, questions answered they didn't even know they had, and new questions arising. Everyone will gain a deeper understanding of now nature works.
Be prepared for a paradigm shift!
To receive a Certificate of Completion students must contribute to all on-line discussions and satisfactorily complete all assignments and quizzes. The SOUL Organic Land Care Accreditation Exam is not included in this course.
The Accreditation Course has amazing resources for future projects and staff training. I really valued the discussions and input from industry pros!
Luis Oliveira, Toronto