Rationale and objectives:
A common way to grow crops is by monocultures – where only one kind of plant, crop or livestock is produced in the field or farming system. Continuous monoculture can lead to a quicker spread in diseases, and the widespread use of monocultures has resulted in a serious decline in biodiversity in many places of the world. At the same time we are often transporting crops and livestock over long distances leading to emission of CO2 and other harmful substances.
In this course you will be introduced to alternative agricultural forms – like citygardens or forest gardens – and you will learn how to establish an organic polycultural and sustainable garden based on the principles of permaculture. In this way you will get a good understanding of the alternatives to monoculture, and you will learn how to grow crops where you live instead of being dependent on transported food. You will also learn about the importance of biodiversity and work with ways to design areas in order to develop the best opportunities for healthy, sustainable ecosystems and a good biodiversity.
Content and methods:
During the course we will work with permaculture gardening, urban gardening, compost management, biodiversity, management of invasive species and bees/honey production.
There will be a lot of outdoor, practical work, but you will also get some theoretic understanding through lectures and we will go on excursions.