AHT254 Organic Agriculture and Horticulture (8)


The organic approach to the production of food and fibre is based on clearly defined philosophy and ecological principles. Organic agriculture and horticulture is founded on an ethic of stewardship towards the land and the biological systems that interact with it. A key focus of an organic farmer is the stewardship of the soil - the preservation and building of its physical characteristics and biological processes. This subject explores the philosophy, ecological basis, practices and certification processes of organic agriculture and horticulture.

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Session 1
Distance*Orange Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Rural Management

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
be able to appraise the philosophy and ecological basis of organic agriculture and horticulture
be able to evaluate the certification standards that apply to organic agriculture and horticulture
be able to identify and appraise the practices used in the management of organic agricultural and horticultural systems
be able to plan strategies for the conversion to an accredited organic system of management
be able to plan and monitor strategies for the management of farms according to the organic standard.


The subject will cover the following topics:
introduction to organic farming principles of organic farming soil management managing plant nutrition animal management pest, disease and weed management conversion to accredited organic agriculture and horticulture certification marketing future directions

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. A number of farm inspections will take place over the three days on a variety of enterprises.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.