Organic Gardening

Lesson 1.1: Low-Cost Organic Agriculture
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★★★★☆ Fascinating! Wonderful course! I would have given it five stars except the sound was hard to understand on the last video.—ML


This course will teach you organic farming practices for your kitchen, garden or farm. You will learn about low-cost organic gardening using modern techniques and the ancient principles of agriculture. Topics include seed management, soil fertility management, and pest management technologies. MORE

The course is taught by Dr. A. Thimmaiah who holds a PhD in Biodynamic Agriculture from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi, India, and serves as Associate Professor of Department of Sustainable Living at Maharishi University of Management.

Dr. Thimmaiah is an expert in organic, biodynamic, and Vedic agriculture, promoting climate-smart, low-carbon green approaches for rural development. Through constant innovation and research, he has developed many low-cost farming solutions utilizing natural resources that are benefiting thousands of farmers in different countries.

As a consultant to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan from 2008-2013, he developed the organic standards, guidebooks, training manuals and zero-cost certification system to empower the farmers and facilitate the Himalayan nation to go 100% organic by 2020.


Lesson 1: Making Organic Agriculture Cost Effective

Dr. Thimmaiah describes the challenges of feeding the world with nutritious food while providing a good living for the farmers.


  • Lesson 1.1: Low-Cost Organic Agriculture Free Preview
  • Lesson 1.2: The Slow Poisoning of India Part 1: A Video by Ramesh Menon Free Preview

Lesson 2: Saving and Planting Seeds

Dr. Thimmaiah explains simple techniques for saving and planting seeds so they will be viable for the next year's crops.


  • Lesson 2.1: Techniques for saving and planting your own seeds
  • Lesson 2.2: The Slow Poisoning of India, Part 2: A Video by Ramesh Menon

Lesson 3: Improving Soil Fertility for Nutritious and Healthy Plants

Dr. Thimmaiah describes time-tested composting techniques and other methods for adding fertility back into damaged and/or infertile soils.


  • Lesson 3.1: Soil Fertility
  • Lesson 3.2: The Slow Poisoning of India, Part 3: A Video by Ramesh Menon

Lesson 4: Pest Management

Dr. Thimmaiah describes common pests and how to rid your garden or organic farm of them.


  • Lesson 4: How to rid your garden or farm of pests

Lesson 5: Feeding our Future


  • Lesson 5: Feeding our Future