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Low-Cost Organic Agriculture and Introduction to Vedic Agriculture

“Fascinating! Wonderful course! Dr. Thimmaiah discusses organic gardening/farming with so much clarity, practical information, and completeness.”—ML

Course fee: $29


Course Description

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.


Dr. Appachanda Thimmaiah

Dr. Appachanda Thimmaiah is an expert in climate-smart agriculture, promoting low-carbon green approaches for rural development. Through constant innovation and research, he has developed many low-cost farming solutions utilizing natural resources which are benefiting thousands of farmers in different countries. He holds degrees from:

BSc (Ag)., University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad, India
MSc (Agriculture) Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi
PhD Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi

Lesson Titles

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

Lesson 5: Cutting Your Food Costs
Dr. Thimmaiah describes easy and effective kitchen gardening techniques.

Free Lesson One

Lesson 1.1: Low-Cost Organic Agriculture

Lesson 1.2: The Slow Poisoning of India Part 1: A Video by Ramesh Menon



Are there any prerequisites to take this course?

How long are the videos available to view?
Videos are available to view for at least one year after signing up.

Where can I contact the organizer of this event with any questions?
Please email the Office of Continuing Education at Or you can call 641-919-0045 during office hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 pm (Central Time).

What is the refund policy?
We offer full refunds to anyone who requests them before starting Lesson Three.

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