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Commercial Organic Vegetable Growing

Price: £340.00Course Code: VHT241
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Commercial Organic Vegetable Growing

Commercial Organic Vegetable Growing course online. Successfully farm organic vegetables! The demand for organically grown vegetables is currently a major growth area in commercial horticulture. This course is a good starting point in learning all aspects of organic vegetable production.


 

Lesson StructureCommercial Organic Vegetable Growing VHT241

There are 12 lessons:

1  Introduction

  • Organic Growing and it's definitions
  • Influential people in the organic movement
  • Different ways to grow -permaculture, biodynamics, etc.
  • Organic certification
  • Transition to organic production
  • Management Plan
  • Industry awareness
  • Resources and Networking
  • Understanding Plant Names

2  Cultivation and Planting

  • Cultivation methods
  • Crop rotation
  • Green manures
  • No dig growing
  • Planting
  • Sowing vegetable seed outside
  • Germinating indoors
  • Transplanting seedlings
  • Crowns, offsets, tubers
  • Crop scheduling
  • Tillage, Ripping, Harrowing, Dis ploughing, etc
  • Tractors

3  Soils and Nutrition

  • Physical soil properties -profile, texture, etc
  • Chemical properties -pH, cation exchange capacity, buffering etc.
  • Soil water, air, temperature
  • Humus and Organic matter
  • Nutrient elements
  • Organic Fertilizers
  • Animal manure
  • Liquid feeds in an organic system
  • Rock dusts
  • Diagnosing nutritional problems

4  Soil Management

  • Importance of soil
  • Cultivation techniques
  • Cover crops
  • Green manures
  • Nitrogen fixation
  • Rhizobium bacteria
  • Mycorrhizae
  • Composting
  • Hot heaps vs cold

5  Review of Major Vegetable Varieties

  • Getting the best from an organic vegetable plot
  • Vegetable Directory -Beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, Sprouts, Cabbacge, Capsicum, Carrot, Cauliflower, Corn, Celery, Eggplant. Lettuce, Onion, Pak Choi, Parsnip, Pea, Potato, Pumpkin, Marrow, Squash, Radish, Spinich Turnip
  • Transplanting Guide

6  Pests and Disease

  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Allowable Inputs
  • Understanding Pest and Disease
  • Understanding Other Plant Problems
  • Lifecycles
  • Review of common problems
  • Companion Planting

7  Seed

  • Organic seed
  • Seed production -preventing cross pollination
  • Choosing seed plants for vegetable crops
  • Collecting seeds
  • Cleaning and storing seed
  • Seed germination

8  Greenhouse Growing

  • Types of greenhouses
  • Framing and covering materials
  • What greenhouse is appropriate
  • Siting a greenhouse
  • Benching
  • Greenhouse hygiene
  • Problems with greenhouses
  • Other structures -cold frames, shade houses
  • Environmental controls
  • Heating, Cooling
  • Controlling light
  • Growing media
  • Fertigation in organic systems
  • Carbon dioxide enrichment
  • Irrigation Methods
  • Crops Directory -Tomatoes, Cucumber, Melons, Zucchini

9  Lesser Grown Varieties and Herbs

  • Growing herbs
  • Review of many culinary herbs-Alliums, Corriander, Mints, Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Pasley, Savory, Thyme, etc.
  • Review of lesser grown vegetables -Amaranth, Artichoke, Asparagus, Cassava, Chicory, Dandelion, Garlic, Endive, Ginger, Horseradish, Chicory, Mint, Leek, Okra, Pigface, Rhubarb, Sweet Potato, Warrigul Greens, Taro, Yams, etc

10  Irrigation

  • Irrigation objectives and feasibility
  • Soil and water
  • Understanding classes of soil moisture
  • Soil and transpiration
  • Field capacity
  • Permenant Wilting point
  • Tensiometers
  • When to irrigate
  • Scheduling irrigation
  • When to irrigate
  • Cyclic watering
  • Pulse watering
  • Plant root depth
  • Irrigation type -flood, sprinkler, ytickle etc.
  • Portable, permenant or travelling sprinklers
  • Sprinklet spacings

11 Mulching and Weeds

  • Understanding mulch
  • Types of mulch materials
  • Rules for using mulch
  • Living mulch
  • Weed Management
  • Preventing weeds

12 Harvesting and Marketing

  • Harvesting techniques
  • PostHarvest quality considerations
  • Harvesting hints
  • Post harvest treatment of vegetables -field processing
  • Cooling
  • Quality standards
  • Monitoring and reviewing
  • Marketing
  • Business capabilities
  • Market research
  • Target marketing
  • Understanging economics

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


 

Learning Goals:   Commercial Organic Vegetable Growing VHT241
  • Discuss general horticulture and plant taxonomy principles
  • Describe a range of cultivation and planting techniques
  • Explain soil properties, and their relationship to organic plant production
  • Diagnose basic soil nutrient deficiencies
  • Discus major and minor commercial vegetable varieties
  • Describe a variety of pest and disease management principles
  • Explain the use of seed in commercial organic agriculture, including storage, viability, germination, genetic purity, and hybridisation
  • Discuss the principles of greenhouse growing
  • Describe a variety of irrigation methods suitable for organic vegetable production
  • Explain organic weed control methods
  • Explain issues relating to harvesting and marketing of vegetables

 

What You Will Do:
  • Compile reference lists of vegetable varieties, industry contacts, organic fertilisers and pest control products, etc.
  • Evaluate the merits and deficiencies of agricultural equipment and products
  • Build a no-dig garden and monitor its progress
  • Classify soils
  • Evaluate the role of soil organisms
  • Identify nutrient deficiencies such as nitrogen deficiency
  • Build composts
  • Evaluate seed sources and plant varieties
  • Perform sowing and germination trials
  • Evaluate the merits and deficiencies of greenhouse growing
  • Evaluate the principles of irrigation
  • Perform mulching trials
  • Evaluate pricing, packaging and presentation of retail vegetables

 

Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Susan Stephenson and Andy Patterson . Your course fee includes unlimited tutorial support throughout from one of these excellent teachers. Here are their credentials:

Susan Stephenson
BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction. 

 

 

 

Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.

Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.

Susan is a Professional Associate and exam moderator and holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.

She also supervised the Area Arboriculture Team and was Exhumations Officer€“ in charge of collecting discovered remains and arranging identification (if poss) and interment of same.

 

Andy Patterson
PGCE Biological Sciences; Doctor of Naturopathy (pending); Registered Nutritional Therapist; Permaculture Design Consultant (PDC); BSc(Hons) Ecology;

 

 

Andy has been a biology and science teacher since 2002, and a natural health therapist since 1998. His original degree was in Ecology and is well experienced in the Life Sciences generally, from biology, medicine and clinical sciences to horticulture, ecology and the environment. he divides his time between a therapy clinic; teaching, tutoring & lecturing. Andy is a passionate believer in the power of education to transform people’s lives, and gives 100% support to helping students achieve their goal. 

Andy has worked as a Biology lecturer in a number of post age 16 colleges, and 11-18 year age schools across the country during a 13 year career. This has included work as an Assessor for exam boards, 1 on 1 tutoring, working with small groups and whole classes. He worked on an award winning national Nuffield- STEM initiative using innovative educational techniques to develop sustainability awareness with KS3 school children. He has also managed a large vocational science area in a busy college and developed a successful Premedical curriculum which has helped many students on to successful medical careers.


 

Course Info
Course StartAnytime, Anywhere
Course Hours100
Recognised Issuing BodyTQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.
Course CodeVHT241
Course PrerequisiteNo
Course QualificationLevel 4 Certificate in Commercial Organic Vegetable Growing
Exam Required?Finalised with exam/test
UK Course Credits10 Credits
US Course Credit Hours3 Credit Hours
Study SupportYou'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.
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