The Biodynamic Agricultural College is the specialist college for careers in organic and biodynamic agriculture and horticulture. The college offers full-time accredited vocational training and short courses. Also, we are very excited to be launching our new Distance Learning course in January 2012 with new modules every 3 months. Graduates find employment in the sector within months of leaving the course, or they study further at university. The staff at the Biodynamic Agricultural College are highly qualified professionals in the field of organic farming and horticulture, supplemented by a wide network of experts.
Biodynamic agriculture is the oldest consciously organic approach to farming and gardening and is one of the most sustainable in existence. It is founded on a holistic and spiritual understanding of nature and the human being and builds on the pioneering research work of Rudolf Steiner.
Going live in January 2012 with the ‘Introduction to Biodynamic Agriculture’ module, in total ten modules will be rolled out over the following two years. The modules feature a wide range of topics including Composting, Astronomy, Etheric Formative Forces and Community Supported Agriculture. Each module runs for three months and includes eight lessons each with a video and detailed lecture on the subject. There is a task associated with each lesson and these are marked by the staff member at BDAC presenting the module. In addition, students have access via the website to a Virtual Learning Environment with forum, chat-room and wiki-pages.
The course is aimed at complete beginners right through to professional gardeners and farmers. The learning pathway is extremely flexible as each course module is individually accredited. To attain the full Diploma students complete all ten modules. Some tasks are practical and students will require access to a garden, allotment or farm to complete them in order to achieve the qualification.
Patrick Holden, Patron of the Biodynamic Association, comments, “In offering courses to all those who have a thirst to acquire new food production skills, the Biodynamic Agricultural College has emerged as a shining beacon of hope for the future."
Prospective students can view a free preview at www.bdacollege.org.uk where they can see for themselves this inspiring and accessible new course.