Organic Horticulture Specialist
This course will help you become a better gardener, whether you are a professional or just learning. The science and practice of organic horticulture will be introduced, facilitating a profound shift in ecological awareness. You will come to understand the concepts of landscape health management as opposed to pest management and building a holistic decision-making framework for creating and maintaining vibrantly healthy gardens and landscapes, including turf. Included are field trips to observe the making of compost teas and effective microorganisms (EM). This course prepares you to write the SOUL Organic Certification exam for land-care professionals or to become an Organic Master Gardener, which you have to apply for separately. It also partially satisfies the certificate requirements for the new Sustainable Landscape Design program. Continuing education credits can also be earned to maintain industry certifications from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA), British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA) and Society of Organic Urban Landscape (SOUL) or to join the Organic Landscape Association.