Loading...

Organic Land Care Fundamentals - Level 1

Recognition of Achievement


Overview

Organic Land Care is an integrated approach to landscape management, bringing together expertise from all horticultural specialties to create flourishing ecosystems. The underlying philosophy is to work with natural systems with the specific goal to encourage and enhance biological cycles within landscapes, healthy microorganisms, soil flora and fauna, plants and animals. Fundamentals of Organic Land Care lays the ground work for managing the landscape as an interdependent system, itself being an integral part of the larger regional and global ecology.  Shifting to organic land care has sweeping benefits for regional ecosystems and public health. By becoming an Accredited Organic Land Care Practitioner, you can help schools, hospitals, parks, and other public institutions play a role in this shift. If you are already working in horticulture or groundskeeping, this program will help you to engage and support your institution in transitioning to organic management. This program is for:
  • Municipal parks/ landscape trades employees wishing to formalize their knowledge and build careers
  • Landscape industry staff working in land development, urban forestry, storm water management, erosion and sediment control, water quality, low impact development
  • Conventional horticulture/landscape professionals wishing to specialize in organic practices
  • Post-secondary graduates in environmental studies, landscape architecture and community food security programs seeking to advance their knowledge in the applied science of organic land care
  • People needing organic horticulture courses to advance in landscaping diploma/degree programs
  • People seeking a career change
  • People interested in home landscaping/gardening
  • Those with a passion for the environment, seeking change and a way to make a difference
  • Environmental advocates, conservationists, field naturalists.

Career Opportunities

This program provides education in support of entry level industry accreditation. The Accredited Organic Land Care Practitioner credential is issued by Canada?s organic horticulture industry association, the Society for Organic Urban Land Care, (SOUL). This credential was launched in 2013 and is similar to credentials offered in the USA. Distinguishing yourself as Accredited Organic Land Care Practitioner means you are recognized as meeting the minimum standard of practice in organic land care, which many municipal employers and landscaping companies are looking for. Shifting to organic land care has sweeping benefits for regional ecosystems and public health.  If you are already a Landscape professional, many of these courses can earn you pre-approved continuing education credits to maintain industry certifications (ISA, CNLA, BCSLA, SOUL).

The Organic Land Care Practitioner:
  1. Works with natural systems and processes to encourage and enhance biological diversity and native habitats;
  2. Optimizes and maintains the life supporting properties of soil, air and water;
  3. Utilizes renewable, biodegradable and recycled materials from local sources and minimizes waste;
  4. Considers the wider social and ecological impacts of landscapes and the practices and products used to create and maintain them.

National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Government of Canada

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) provides a standardized language for describing the work performed by Canadians in the labor market. It gives statisticians, labor market analysts, career counselors, employers and individual job seekers a consistent way to collect data and describe and understand the nature of work.

Entry Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary Diploma at the advanced or general level, or its equivalent, or mature student status;
  • Grade 12 English or its equivalent is recommended

Filter Classes: In Class     Online     Correspondence     Hybrid     Availability   


Curriculum

OLP100
Fundamentals of Organic Land Care
Availability
 

The science and practice of organic horticulture will be introduced, facilitating a profound shift in ecological awareness. The current research for understanding the connection between soil health, plant health, human health and environmental health will be fully explored. You will come to understand the concepts of landscape health management as opposed to pest management, building a holistic decision making framework for creating and maintaining vibrantly healthy gardens and landscapes, including turf.
For environmentalists, naturalists, conservationists, home gardeners, farmers, and landscape professionals; this course also qualifies for the educational requirement with Society of Organic Urban Land Care (SOUL) to become an Accredited Organic Land Care Practitioner. Continuing Education Credits can also be earned to maintain industry certifications (ISA, CNLA, BCSLA).




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

OLP101
Fundamentals of Growing Food Organically
Availability
 

If you are concerned about how and where your food comes from or simply want to get the best nutrition possible, growing your own abundance of fruits and vegetables are the way to go. In this comprehensive new course you will learn essential applied permaculture and organic gardening techniques to:

  • Analyze and optimize the growing conditions in your garden, no matter the size, including container gardens,
  • Creatively collect, use and preserver water for optimal garden health
  • Use holistic solutions for plant health problems ('pest' and 'diseases')
  • Select, plant, maintain and harvest a large variety of food plants for year-round employment
  • How to propagate plants; save your own seeds; and store your harvest.

This online course engages students with practical and hands-on project, and is guided by experienced professional organic gardeners. No prior education or gardening experience required.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

OLP102
Landscape Plants - Natives
Availability
 

This course provides an overview of plant and ecosystem relationships, through a brief review of ecosystem ecology, botany and plant physiology as it relates to choosing and planting a variety of native plants. The plant identification component emphasizes native landscape plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, deciduous and evergreen trees which are commonly used in the ornamental landscape for the temperate and colder northern hemisphere.
This course partially satisfies the certificate requirements for the Sustainable Landscape Design program at Humber College and the Diploma in Organic Land Care program at Gaia College. Continuing Education Credits can also be earned to maintain industry certifications (ISA, CNLA, BCSLA, SOUL).




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

OLP103
Landscape Plants - Ornamentals
Availability
 

Choosing and planting a variety of ornamental (non-native) plants. The plant identification component emphasizes ornamental landscape plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, deciduous and evergreen trees which are commonly used in the ornamental landscape for the temperate and colder northern hemisphere. Weed identification and arboriculture practices such as pruning: what, when and how, will also be covered as it relates to the different plant types.
This course partially satisfies the certificate requirements for the Gardening Expert Certificate program at Humber College and the diploma requirements for Organic Land Care program at Gaia College. Continuing Education Credits can also be earned to maintain industry certifications (ISA, CNLA, BCSLA, SOUL).




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

Program Outcomes

  1. Plans to work with natural systems and processes to encourage and enhance biological diversity and native habitats;
  2. Maintain the life supporting properties of soil, air and water;
  3. Choose to plant the right plant in the right place by selecting plants for different landscape uses based on specific needs and ecological sustainability.

Completion

Recognition of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, please submit a Request for Recognition of Achievement Form to the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training. There is no cost for this and your Recognition of Achievement will be mailed to you.

SOUL Accreditation

To become an Accredited Organic Land Care Practitioner, you must have successfully completed the course, OLC 100 Fundamentals of Organic Land Care, within the past 2 years. You will then need to apply to  SOUL to write the Accreditation exam. Follow the steps on the Society of Organic Urban Land Care website to initiate the process.

Program Contacts

Cherry Langlois
Program Assistant
Cherry.Langlois@senecacollege.ca
46.491.5050 x 22523


Astrid Muschalla
Part-time Program Coordinator
Astrid.Muschalla@senecacollege.ca


Vince Bennici
Program Coordinator
Vince.Bennici@senecacollege.ca
416.491.5050 x22499