Citizen Science: Living Soils, Growing Food
University of Dundee
  • Start Date: 16 Apr, 2018
  • 3 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos


Learn about approaches to food growing that can help regenerate soil and solve environmental issues.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility

Introduction

Introduction Video

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn partnership.

Use regenerative growing practices in your own garden


Soil loss and degradation are serious issues all over the world.


We need to find effective regenerative practices to solve many local and global environmental challenges.


On this course, you’ll discover interesting things about your own soil and become part of the new GROW Citizen Observatory European-wide community.


You’ll explore key approaches to food growing that can help improve soil degradation and regenerate soils and ecosystems.


You’ll identify regenerative practices that you could use in your own growing site, and design a robust research experiment to evaluate them.


This course has been designed for anyone interested in the environment. You don’t need any special experience, but it might be of interest to small farmers, community and urban growers, gardeners, land managers, allotment growers, and teachers in environment-related subjects.


As part of the course you will have the opportunity to join the new GROW Citizen Observatory and take part in a collective food growing experiment. If you do not have access to a garden or growing site, you are encouraged to identify a plot of land (it does not have to be big) in which you can carry out the activities. This could be your local community garden or farm, or maybe a neighbour’s garden who might be interested in learning more about soil and food growing with you.


For the experiment, the space needed is ideally about 1 metre x 5 metre strip or 2 metre by 3 metre block. You will also need 3 packs of seeds, one for each of these three seed varieties which are widely available:



  • climbing green beans - Phaseolus vulgaris “Cobra”

  • spinach - Spinacia oleacea “matador”

  • radish - Raphanus sativus “cherry belle”


You won’t require any special equipment for this course. For some of the activities you will need easily available tools such as a shovel or a measuring tape. All the tools required will be detailed in the relevant sections of the course.


Certificate cost may vary. You will be redirected to the host page for cost and payment options.

University of Dundee

The University of Dundee is internationally recognised for the quality of its teaching and research and has a core mission to transform lives across society.

Dundee has particular strengths in life sciences and medical research. The College of Life Sciences at Dundee is one of the largest and most productive Life Sciences research institutes in Europe and has been recognised in the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Excellence with Impact Awards for ‘Greatest Delivery of Impact’.

The School of Medicine is among the top-rated in the UK and hosts research expanding from “the cell to the clinic to the community”.

The University is the central hub for a multi-million pound biotechnology sector in the east of Scotland, which now accounts for 16% of the local economy.

More than 17,000 students are enrolled at Dundee, helping make the city Scotland’s most student-friendly. With high-quality teaching, world-leading research, and a £200 million investment in a compact, friendly campus with an unrivalled position in the heart of the city centre, the University of Dundee has been rated number one in Scotland and in the UK Top 10 for the past five years in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

The University was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 2014 for the work of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, one of the world’s foremost institutions for the study and application of human anatomy, forensic human identification, disaster victim identification and forensic and medical art.

 

This institution is available on eLearnAfrica through partnership with FutureLearn.

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