The Diploma in Organic Agri-food Production, prepares students to work in the organic food industry, at farmers’ markets or supplying restaurants with produce.
Māori and Pasifika agricultural methods are also an important part of the diploma.
Lincoln University Director Kaiarahi Māori, Dr Dione Payne, said it was felt the course may also appeal to people changing career, or who may have completed qualifications, and were ineligible for the Governments Fees Free scheme.
Lincoln is also offering $5000 scholarships for Māori and Pasifika students fully enrolled in the Diploma and staying in the University’s Halls of Residence.
We want to help overcome any obstacles so people can embrace the course and help establish it, and the practices it teaches.
Dr Payne said aligning the scholarships to the Diploma supports the delivery of the programme and acknowledges its Māori content, in particular mahinga kai, which is a key component of Lincoln University’s Māori Strategy.
The Diploma programme starts in July 2018, and is a 120-credit level 5 diploma for students with or without University Entrance.
Programme director Bill Martin says graduates of the Diploma will be able to seek employment in organic primary production or other sectors related to organics, particularly education and hospitality.