Become a Skilled Farmer
"Global Organic Farmer"

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The Skilled Farmer, “Global Organic Farmer” education takes 30-47 months (depending of the student age and educational background) and gives students from both Denmark and other EU countries an opportunity to learn about organic farming at a high professional level. This education offers you to work with agriculture and organic food production in an international and global perspective.

Admission requirements for the Skilled Farmer, “Global Organic Farmer” is a high school diploma or equivalent. The teaching language of the education is English and therefore students must be able to speak and write English on a basic level.

Education course

Objective and course organisation
The main objective of the Skilled Farmer, “Global Organic Farmer” education is to become an organic farmer who has high skilled practical experience and a thorough professional knowledge about organic farming, sustainability and internationalization.

This should enable you to adapt to the different changes happening in the agricultural profession around the world. Students learn about profitable sustainable food production, the economy of the niche production, from producer to consumer and from farm to table concepts.

The program consists of a 10-20-week basic course at the agricultural college flowed by first internship og 6-12 months.

After the first internship period, the students return to college and attend the first main course up to 16 weeks. When they have passed the exams, their second training period (6-12 months) follows to extend their practical skills even further and specialize in a production branch such as plants or livestock. The education ends with a second main course (up to 20 weeks) back at college and a final exam.

The structure of the education

Basic course (10 weeks for students with biology and driver's license)

  • a hands-on education at the college’s farm and stables, workshop and machine facilities as well as in the field
  • helping with caretaking of our livestock, harvesting vegetables, learning how to drive a tractor and use different machines.
  • Basic knowledge of plants and livestock with focus on pig and cattle production.
  • Mandatory courses on safety in the workplace such as first aid and welding safety.
  • International perspective on agriculture.

Basic course (up to 20 weeks for students without biology and driver's license)

  • a hands-on education at the college’s farm and stables, workshop and machine facilities as well as in the field
  • helping with caretaking of our livestock, harvesting vegetables, learning how to drive a tractor and use different machines.
  • Basic knowledge of plants and livestock with focus on pig and cattle production.
  • Mandatory courses on safety in the workplace such as first aid and welding safety.
  • International perspective on agriculture.

1. Internship ( 6-12 months)

In this first internship, there is a focus on practical handmanship and agricultural skills. It can be done in Denmark or abroad, from Japan to Australia, China to Canada, South France to Northern Norway – and if you want to focus on Denmark, this is also an option. It is important for us that you gain an understanding of global agriculture and therefore we encourage that part of your overall internship take place abroad.

1. Main course (up to 16 weeks)

After completing the first internship period, you return to Kalø Organic Agricultural College for a second college period. The experiences and acquired skills from the internship will be tied together with agricultural theory to deepen your professional knowledge. You can pass the exam at agricultural education, stage 1, Farm assistant.

2. Internship (6-12 months)

The internship can be divided into blocks.

One of the internship periods CAN be abroad. Eg. Canada, USA, France, Italy, Africa, Asia or Australia.

2. Main Course (up to 20 weeks)

This course is the final step in becoming a certified Skilled Farmer, “Global Organic Farmer”. The second main course will go even further in depth in regards to agricultural and professional knowledge of your speciality.

The focus is on agricultural economy both nationally and internationally, while you continue to deepen your knowledge on issues such as sustainability, globalization and the internationalization of agriculture.

 

All subjects and topics are linked closely to the current agriculture and will prepare you for the reality of being a farmer/working in agriculture as a professional after the final exam.

You can pass the exam as either:

  • Agricultural Education, stage 2: Farmer, main project livestock
  • Agricultural Education, stage 2: Farmer, main project plants

Teaching

The courses are a combination of classroom teaching, independent study and project-related work. Additionally, there is a hands-on practical education at the college’s farm, workshop, machine facilities and out on the field.

Study tours

During your education at the college, there will be regular visits and study tours to Danish farms where it is possible to learn about corporate successes, challenges, and for you to become inspired to which path you wish to follow after you graduate.

Contact information

Feel free to contact our study advisor or the college here
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