Course curriculum

  • 1

    introduction to unit 4

    • introduction to soil life and phenomenology - 6 min presentation

  • 2

    soil forming and physics

    • soil formation and physics - 24 min presentation

    • Exercise - phenomenology - Simple soil test to get to know your soil type - YouTube link

    • Exercise - phenomenology - soil spade test visual assessment - YouTube link

    • Exercise - phenomenology - evaluating soil structure

    • Article- Soils formation

    • Article- How is Soil Formed

    • Article- Soil formation and history

    • further reading - Soil physics

    • Further reading - Soils / overview and physical properties

  • 3

    soil 'living / transforming material - chemistry'

    • soil life - chemistry - 20 min presentation

    • Guide- for taking Soil Sample

    • Guide- Soils-assessment-methods

    • Article- Soil chemical properties

  • 4

    soil sensitive life - biology

    • soil biology - 32 min presentation

    • Exercise - phenomenology - Estimating soil quality visually

    • Article-Living Soil

    • Article- Introduction to soil biology

    • Further reading -Soil organic processes

    • Article-"Tonics for the soil"-Gavin McEwan

  • 5

    soil potential and individuality

    • The biodynamic soil being - 23 min presentation

    • Article- Soil as the skin of the earth

    • Article- Soil in the biodynamic farm organism

    • Further reading - Spirituality and soil care in biodynamic agriculture. Anna Pigott

    • Further reading - The working of light in plant and soil

Instructor

Instructor and Work Based Learning Coordinator

Kai Lange

Kai is a farmer, grower and teacher and is coordinating the BDAC work based training and quality assurance. He has been involved in biodynamic farming and education since 1985 starting in Germany, working seven year in the 1990's in Denmark and since 2000 in the UK. He aims to inspire people’s love for land work and believes that biodynamic practice is the most holistic and works well alongside all agroecology movements.