Regenerative agriculture is a system of farming that rehabilitates and enriches the entire ecosystem of a farm. So, if you want to learn how to improve a farm’s asset value, profitability and sustainability, this course is ideal for you.
Certificate of Regenerative Agriculture is an online professional development course that will help you to design a regenerative response to mitigate different problems on degraded agricultural land.
In this regenerative agriculture course, you will learn about regenerative agriculture initiatives, functional and integrative regenerative systems, soil types and regeneration practices and animal management. You’ll also discover the significance of agroforestry, silvopasture practices and agricultural regeneration outcomes for social and economic well-being.
On completion of this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the regenerative agricultural systems in business and farming.
Unit - Regenerative Agriculture
Unit 1 – Scope and Nature of Regenerative Agriculture
Environmental impacts of traditional agriculture
Pollution – land and water
Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)
Why regenerative agriculture matters
Sustainable agriculture vs. regenerative agriculture
Principles of regenerative agriculture (summary)
Leave the soil alone
Protect the soil
Include perennials and other living roots in the soil
Increase the diversity of species in the land and enterprise
Incorporate grazing animals
Focus on progress
Unit 2 – Functional and Integrative Level Systems
Functional regenerative agriculture
Improving soil health
Soil microbiome and soil health
Integrative regenerative agriculture
Design and redesign
Permaculture ideas embedded in a system of regeneration
Wildlife habitat considerations
Increasing biodiversity – above and below ground
Increase biodiversity below ground
Increasing biodiversity above ground
Unit 3 – Systemic and Evolutionary Level Systems
Case study: falcon glen humans in the ecosystem
Humans in the ecosystem
Adaptive and agile
Creating a microclimate
Supply chains/ supply webs
Supply webs and big agriculture
Defining a bioregion
Defining an agroecosystem
Connect the land to its larger agroecosystem and bioregion
Unit 4 – System Inputs: Climate, Topography and Nutrition
Pressure, temperature & rainfall
Soils and climate
Soils and slopes
Soils and parent material
The nitrogen cycle
Forms of nitrogen
Hay or straw
Unit 5 – Soils and Soil Regeneration
Introduction to soils
Introduction to soil health
What does healthy soil look like?
Presence of organic matter
Facilitate water resilience(water holding capacity)
Balance and diversity: the microbiome
Monocultures and the threat to soil & crop health
Approaches to regenerate soil & improve health
No or low tillage farming practices
Unit 6 – Livestock and Grazing Management
Habitat restoration (and ways to avoid overgrazing)
Assisting carbon sequestration through grazing and increasing photosynthesis
Pest control (e.g. Use of chickens)
Reduced variable and machinery costs
Effects of regenerative grazing on biodiversity
Aquaculture farms and markets
Regenerative grazing management
Unit 7 – Agroforestry and Silvopasture
Incorporating perennials and trees
Benefits of agroforestry
Types of agroforestry
Value of trees in agriculture
Agroforestry and regenerative agriculture
The benefits of trees
Lowering water tables
Challenges of agroforestry in regenerative agriculture
Specific criteria must be recognised
Unit 8 -System Outputs: Social and Economic Factors
Sustainability and maintenance
Potential outcomes of regenerative agriculture
Increase crop health and resilience
Create a circular system and reduce waste
How carbon sequestration works
Improve social & economic wellbeing of communities
Improve food nutritional quality and human health
Improve food access and food security
Improvements food safety
Increase farm profitability (lower costs of labour & resources)
Socio-economic conditions influencing adoption of agroforestry (AF) practices
Unit 9 – Whole Farm Planning and Implementation
Implementation of a regenerative agriculture system
Assessment of natural components
Analysis and planning
Determining the business opportunities
Developing a business case
High cash flow crops
Cash flow concerns
Marketing direct to the consumer
Organic vs non-organic
Support and funding
Goal setting and planning
Introducing and monitoring change & project management
The benefits of sustainable change
What factors impact the sustainability of the farm goals?
Project management in regenerative agriculture
Unit 10 – PBL Project
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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