About the education
Course of the education
Course of the education
The Global Organic Farmer education takes 3,5 years 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 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.
The main objective of the 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-week basic course at the agricultural college, followed by a 10-week business course. After attending college, students go on a 4-week internship to Tanzania focusing on climate, culture and international farming. After Tanzania, students will be required to do 8 months of internship of which a minimum of 3 months has to be outside of Denmark. After the first internship period, the students return to college and attend the first main course for 11 weeks. When they have passed the exams, their second training period follows to extend their practical skills even further and specialise in a production branch such as plants or livestock. The education ends with a 20-week second main course back at college and a final exam.
Basic Course + Business course (10 + 10 weeks)
The first 10 weeks of Basic Course will have focus on:
- 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
The 10-week business course will focus on:
- Coming up with own business plan of an agricultural project/product of free choice
- Basic knowledge about economy, IT and sales/service
- Understanding mechanisms in the value chain of organic food production
- Preparing an organic market event where students will deal with organisation, marketing, design, customer relations, sales and acquiring organic producers.
Internship in Tanzania
After the basic and the business course, a 4-week internship in Tanzania follows where students can put their newly acquired farming skills and business knowledge into practice. Read more here
First Internship period (about 7 months):
After the internship in Africa, the students have 7 months internship period. A minimum of 3 months must be completed on a farm outside of Denmark. The students are responsible for finding an internship but the study advisors will assist you in this process. Read more here
1. Main course (11 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.
Second Internship period (about13 months):
After the 1st Main course another long-term internship period follows. Read more here
2. Main Course (20 weeks):
This course is the final step in becoming a certified 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, whilst 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.
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.
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.
Should you have any questions regarding to Global Organic Farmer education or anything else you would like to know before beginning at Kalø, please feel free to contact our study advisor or the college here.