Malta 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
Tomato – Tadam
Bell pepper – Bzar
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: firstname.lastname@example.org