Organic farming training days

imageMalta Organic Agriculture Movement will be holding a series of four lectures introducing the organic cultivation of 4 major food plants during the months of November at various localities around Malta.

During the lectures we will be introducing you to various plant families. By building your knowledge of the various plant families you can plan your Crop Rotation, that is the foundation for Organic Farming.

Crop rotation is the practice of growing a series of dissimilar/different types of crops in the same area in sequential seasons.

Crop rotation gives various benefits to the soil. A traditional element of crop rotation is the replenishment of nitrogen through the use of green manure in sequence with cereals and other crops. Crop rotation also mitigates the build-up of pathogens and pests that often occurs when one species is continuously cropped, and can also improve soil structure and fertility by alternating deep-rooted and shallow-rooted plants.

The lectures will also introduce participants to the Organic Regulation and the principles of Organic agriculture and how certification can be achieved. We will also guide you on how to plan your planting and the preparation of the soil according to the plant type.

During these first four lectures information will be given on how to cultivate and protect the following plants groups:

Zejtun – Sala tal-Kunsill. (Local Council hall)

Sunday 3rd Nov, 10.00 – 11:30 A.M. The family of the Solanaceae

Potato -Patata,

Tomato – Tadam

Bell pepper – Bzar

Aubergine –Brungil

Siggiewi – Sala tal-Kunsill. (Local Council hall)

Sunday 10th Nov, 10.00 – 11:30 A.M. The family of the Brassicas

Cabbage – Kabocci

Cauliflower – Pastard

Kohlrabi – Gidra

Broccoli – Brokkoli

Rabat – Sala tal-Parrocca. (Parish Hall)

Sunday 17th Nov, 10.00 – 11:30 A.M. Cereals/Legumes – Cereali/Legumi

Clover – Silla

Barley – Xghir

Rye – Felu

Grasses – Qmuh

Burmarrad – Sala tal-Parrocca. (Parish Hall)

Sunday 24th Nov, 10.00 – 11:30 A.M. The Cucurbitaceae family.

Squash – Qara tork
Pumpkin – Qara hamra
Zucchini – Qarabali
Cucumber – Hjar
Melon – Bettieh

The lessons are free of charge but a small donation is welcome

For more information and booking please call

Mario Salerno : 99425029 or John Portelli: 99423711

Or email:


Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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