Soil Management and Fertility: A study of soil structure and composition including physical, biological and chemical properties incorporating soil
assay, analysis and recommendations. How to interpret a soil analysis. Study includes nutrient balancing, physical amendments, fertilizer sources and
materials. Also includes moisture management, tillage and cultivation practices. How to get the most productivity and nutrition from your soil.
Plant Pathology and Pests: Course is an overview of plant and soil diseases, plant pests, and weeds with emphasis on diagnostic and prevention
measures; physical, biological, organic and chemical. Overview of pesticide chemistries and modes of action for organic and synthetic materials,
introduction to the Integrated Pest Management approach to plant pathogens. Explanation of methods used to meet organic standards.
Plant Propagation: Principles and practices of seed germination, production, harvest and storage. Theoretical and practical exercises in asexual plant
production through cuttings, budding and grafting. Principles for plant variety selections.
Vegetable/Ornamental Production: Overview of outdoor and greenhouse production systems used to maximize crop productivity. Methods and
technologies to make your gardening efficient. We explore cost and labor analysis to help you plan and grow the most for your effort.
|Training Programs... at "a school of a different order"
The schedule has been set for our 2014 on-farm agriculture training
programs. We are offering five-day programs but encourage you to arrive
the Sunday afternoon before the session begins and you are welcome to
stay through the Sabbath and depart the following Sunday morning. We
request that families with children register for the August session only*.
See course descriptions at the bottom of this page for the standard five
Each course will include intensive classroom study and exposure to
activities on our certified, sustainable, naturally-grown market farm
located in the cool rolling hills of West Virginia. Registration cost for the
course includes private accommodation and study materials. Vegan meals
will be served and charged per individual. Camping facilities
are also available.
Courses will be taught by Bob Gregory, Certified Crop Consultant,
agronomist, farmer and teacher with over 40 years of experience in
traditional, sustainable and organic farming methods. Our emphasis will be
to equip you with the knowledge and information that will allow you to
grow high quality food with a maximum of efficiency. Our "principles"
based philosophy is applicable anywhere and stresses the utilization of
local and readily obtainable resources. Whether seeking to just meet the
food needs of your family, or to support yourself with a diversified market
farm, these programs will prepare you for the task.
We have a limit of ten registrations per session to provide the best
possible attention to your needs and ask that you schedule your reservation
30 days in advance. Act now to reserve your session.
* Email Berea Gardens for details here. Please include your phone number.
Five day sessions costs:
(includes accommodations from Sunday to Sunday)
Individual Registration $495
Married Couple Registration $545
Meals $100 per person
Course description below