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Welcome to the Living Laboratory Course on Organic Farming

The Living Laboratory Course on Organic Farming is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of organic farming systems. It consists of a series of web based learning modules (see menu) and field experiences at the project experiments. The intent of the course is to provide organic farmers with a deeper understanding of the biology underlying organic cropping systems, and to introduce extension personnel, crop advisors and researchers to the scientific basis of organic practices.

Beginning in 2006, two learning modules will be posted at this web site each year. They will draw on the experiments to develop particular topics related to organic production systems. The intent of the modules is not to comprehensively review an entire subject such as organic insect management or nutrient management. Each such subject could be a course in itself. Instead the modules will use hypotheses and findings of the experiments to illustrate important concepts in organic farming. We will complement the modules posted here with hands-on exercises during annual field days held at the experiments. For those who are unable to attend the field days, we will post photographs and summaries of activities. Finally, after field days and after a module has been posted long enough for participants to work through the exercises, we will host an on-line chat in which you can ask questions of project personnel and discuss the subject matter with other course participants.

The idea is to give you an experience something like a college laboratory course. As in more conventional laboratory courses, the idea is not to cover all topics, but rather to deepen your understanding through personal interaction with the subject matter. Unlike conventional courses, you can jump into this course at any time since each module stands on its own. Best of all, this course is fun and absolutely free!

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