Published Wednesday, 10th October 2012
Mid-September saw the kick-off of the new academic session for SRUC’s distance learning postgraduate programme in Organic Farming.
Twenty students hailing from one end of the country to the other and beyond travelled to Craibstone for the first of this year’s study weekends. It provided the usual opportunities for both learning and socialising.
The weekend included both classroom and field-based introductions to modules such as Organic Farming Profession, Organic Crop Production and Marketing & Business Management, delivered by specialist SRUC staff from the Education, Research and SAC Consultancy Divisions, as well as non-SRUC subject specialists.
There are several students on the course from the republic of Ireland and England with one Pembrokeshire based student from Wales. Scottish representation stretches as far north as Sutherland and although all the course members are based in these islands they include one German, on South African and someone from South America.
Two visiting speakers provided further high calibre learning opportunities, as both Dr Susanne Padel of the Organic Research Centre and Stuart Martin of the Scottish Organic Milk Producers Association updated students on what’s happening in the sector. As an antidote to all the hard work, staff and students socialised at a barbecue of locally produced organic meat, and an action packed ceilidh. The next study weekend is planned for February.
Picture caption: Young Aberdeen Angus stock show an equal interest in the students.
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