A sustainable future needs skilled, knowledgeable and passionate new farmers and gardeners, who understand the earth as a whole.
There is no better way to learn holistic biodynamic/organic farming than ‘on the job’. Work based students join a biodynamic/organic farm or garden for a period of two years and learn alongside an experienced professional, similar to an apprenticeship training. The Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Biodynamic Farming and Gardening is designed and delivered by us, the BDAC, to support each student in learning – both practically and theoretically, building the resilience and confidence needed to ‘change the world’.
We are proud to offer this unique and professional training, as it is the only one certified at level 3 in the agro-ecologi sector UK. We have more than twenty years experience in teaching, developing and adjusting the training to students and contemporary needs. read more
Practically, you learn the skills needed to run a small holding or an enterprise within a larger farm organism. Alongside these practical skills, students take block seminars during the winter months, when work on the farm is quieter. During these block courses all of the students from across the country gather to consider the aspects of the farm that
contribute to the farm organism: soils, plants, animals and how we as individuals can creatively contribute to the environment and community. You will be supported to study and understand the knowledge and underlying principles of Biodynamic Agriculture to complement the practical skills you gain working on the farm. Seminars will teach you knowledge and skills to supplement your practical experience. Sustainable agriculture offers solutions for future challenges connected to climate, environment, nutrition, health, economy and well-being. By training to work in biodynamic agriculture, you can be part of these solutions for the future.
This Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Biodynamic Farming and Gardening is an Ofqual regulated qualification, awarded by Crossfields Institute. read more
The Biodynamic Agricultural College has designed and will deliver the training. The Biodynamic Agricultural College is a satellite organisation of the Biodynamic Association, whose Board of Studies has endorsed the training.
The BD students should have some experience in land based work. read more
A minimum of six months is recommended
to be able to follow the course requirements and be equipped to manage the farm and garden based learning. An ability for self guided study and learning as well as openness for biodynamic perspectives are essential. The student should be able to study at a Level 3 and be physically able to work in a farm environment throughout the seasons. Farms require to follow H&S, general rules of conduct and sometimes a driving license. Occasional long working hours and weekend work will be required at most training centres. An equivalent to GCSE level education and minimum age of 18 years is required, however 21 years is recommended
. There is no upper age limit. Here are some links that offer you some first experiences in biodynamic/organic farming or gardening. After a few months, you might like to apply to our courses to deepen your experiences and get a professional accredited training. www.soilassociation.org/futuregrowers/ www.wwoof.org.uk www.communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk
How it works
First, you find yourself a work placement (farm/garden) from the list below and apply to become an employed trainee. read more
This will give you the experience needed and provide sufficient funds for accommodation, meals and study/diploma costs. Once you have secured a placement, apply to register with us
, BDAC for the “Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Biodynamic Farming and Gardening”. Then you will get individual support and guidance for your two-year journey of experience and study. We will give you a work book, that guides you through all units to enable you to build your portfolio for the Diploma.
: as most farms require the students to start in spring or autumn, the first seminar will be in October for most students. However, you can join any time
, as the seminars are on a continuous rotation and made flexible for your and farming/gardening needs.
You will be able to pay for this training, by what you earn at your placement. read more
In value for money, we consider it to be best on what’s on offer. We are free of government financial cuts and curriculum interference and manage without grants. When you start your training, we charge an initial £700 to confirm your commitment, as well as to cover costs for admissions, registration with Crossfields Institute and access to course curriculum and support. Thereafter 24 monthly regular payments of £450 should be made after your monthly earnings at your work placement. This might seem rather a lot of money. However, about half of that money is returned as training grant to your work placement, to pay for your practical training. The other half covers teaching accommodation and lunches at the almost fifty days of seminars, personal support, including annual visit at your work placement, portfolio guidance and assessments, extensive quality assurance through tutors, assessors, internal and external inspectors and finally the qualification, regulated by OFQUAL. Seminars provide class room and outdoor teaching, exercises, artistic activities, 30 teachers with a range of professional backgrounds and they offer opportunity to meet fellow students from across the UK. We offer you a good variety of work placements, that will suit your individual . The placements are quality assured and annual visits support the quality of the practical training.
Documents to download:
Select and contact a few of our qualified Work Placements / Training centres for your practical training
- Loch Arthur Camphill Community – therapeutic community farm/garden: vegetables, fruit, flowers
- Lauriston Farm – therapeutic community farm/garden: animals, vegetables, conservation landscape
- Camphill Grangemockler – Templemichael Farm -therapeutic community farm/garden: animals, arable, vegetables
- Sturts Farm and Garden – therapeutic community farm/garden: animals, arable, vegetables
- Fern Verrow – commercial small holding: vegetables, fruit, flowers, animals
- Plaw Hatch Farm – CSA – large commercial CSA farm/garden: vegetables
- ASHA Centre – therapeutic garden: vegetables, fruit, flowers, herbs
- Garvald Farm – therapeutic community farm/garden: animals, vegetables
- Yatesbury House Farm – large commercial farm: animals, arable
- Tablehurst Farm & Garden – CSA – large commercial CSA farm: animals, vegetables, arable
- Akiki Organics – commercial garden: vegetables, fruit, chickens
- Laines Organic Farm – commercial garden: vegetables, fruit
- Camphill Ballybay – therapeutic community farm/garden: animals, vegetables
- Cait Curran – small commercial garden: vegetables, nutrition courses
- Laverstoke Farm – commercial farm: dairy, parkland
- Camphill Grangebeg – therapeutic community farm/garden: animals, vegetables
- Camphill Community Duffcarrig -therapeutic community farm/garden: animals, vegetables
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