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.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School 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.


This 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 3 day Compulsory Residential School.A number of farm inspections will take place over the three days on a variety of enterprises.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.