Alan designs specific course with his clients and covers a wide range of subjects that address the need for balancing work done in the classroom context and work done in the field. The  Lindros Organic Agriculture A Handbook was generally used as the curriculum for training. Currently Alan uses his AGROECOLOGY book

Lindros prefers to do onsite training and strives for the concept of “train the trainer”

The course route that is offered as a recommendation is the following:

  • Introduction to Agroecology, Organic agriculture and related technologies
  • The history and evolution of Agriculture
  • Plan the organic agricultural endeavour
  • Developing soil fertility and health
  • Practical composting – organic fertilising
  • Soil conservation
  • Effective Micro-organisms
  • Organic vegetable production
  • Organic crop production
  • Organic fruit production
  • Organic poultry production
  • Organic cattle production
  • Organic small stock production
  • Organic apiculture
  • Organic certification & PGS
  • others


Course for training can be based on one to five days and in the case of project management the preferred timescale is over two years. The courses are designed by the collaboration of the client and Alan’s 44 years of experience in four countries.

Alan initiated the 3 month residential training program at 17 Shaft. The course focuses on Leadership, Agroecology and paired skills. This has been done in collaboration with the South African Food Lab and has been funded by WWF and the Nedbank Green Fund.

The Future of Food: South African Food Lab (Stellenbosch University)

17 Shaft Agroecology Training for Trainers (first round 2016):

17 Shaft Agroecology Second Course 2017 (just released 2017)