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Commercial Vegetable Production 100 Hours Certificate Course

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( krishna kurmi, 02/03/2017 ) Q:

hi there i am interestd to have online agriculture course, i have cleared my higher secondary level in which course of agriculture can i enroll. Actually i am looking for vegetable farming course if you have any. And one more thing i want to know what documents do i need to enroll in that course.Can i have full detail of my documents please. i look forward hearing from you soon. thankyou.

( 02/03/2017 ) A:

Hello Krishna.

Thank you for your post. The only requirement for this course is a good level of English, which you appear to have. So you can enrol when you like and we do not need to see any documents before you do so.

You may also like to look at the following course:

Commercial Organic Vegetable Growing

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Commercial Vegetable Production 100 Hours Certificate Course

Commercial Vegetable Production course online. Learn about growing vegetables with this excellent online distance learning course.

A good definition of a vegetable is "any plant whose fruit, seeds, roots, tubers, bulbs, stems, leaves, or flower parts are used as food: e.g. tomato, bean, beet, potato, carrot, onion, asparagus, spinach, and cauliflower".....Dictionary.com

Vegetables are very important to maintaining a well balanced diet in human nutrition, being low in carbs and fat, but high in vitamins, minerals and other dietary fibres. They can be consumed both raw and cooked and are part of the "5 a day" recommended for healthy living, by nutritionists.

Growing vegetables for a profit is much easier when the grower has acquired the basics to production techniques. Planning, planting, soil management, greenhouse production, pest and weed management, harvesting and post-harvesting techniques, to name just some of what is needed, are all important, for a successful and profitable crop.

Learn everything you need to know by taking this Vegetable growing programme. With unlimited tutor support, you will gain an expert knowledge of producing vegetables for profit, that you can apply to the work place. If you want to start your own business growing and selling vegetables, this is the course for you. If you are a farmer or farm worker, wanting to maxamise your commercial vegetable production potential, then this course will also benefit you.


Learning Goals: Commercial Vegetable Production BHT222
  • Select appropriate vegetable varieties for different situations.
  • Explain general cultural practices used for vegetable production.
  • Explain the management of potential problems, including pests, diseases, weeds, and environmental disorders, in vegetable production.
  • Explain alternative cultural techniques, including greenhouse and hydroponic production, for vegetables.
  • Determine specific cultural practices for selected vegetable varieties.
  • Determine the harvesting, and post-harvest treatment of different vegetables.
  • Develop marketing strategies for different vegetables.


Lesson Structure: Commercial Vegetable Production BHT222

There are 8 lessons:

1  Introduction to Vegetable Growing

  • Making the farm Pay
  • Understanding economic principles - supply and demand, scale of economy, etc.
  • Planning for the farm
  • Production planning
  • Financial planning and management
  • Land care and land management
  • Marketing
  • Personal welfare
  • Risk management - spreading risk, quality management, contingency planning, liquidity
  • Creating a sustainable farm enterprise
  • Planning for sustainability
  • Planning for drought
  • Crop selection
  • Monocultures
  • Alternating crops, broad acre or row crops
  • Growing Brassicas -Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Pak Choi, Broccoli, Radish, Turnip
  • Growing Legumes -Beans, Broad Beans, Peas
  • Growing Lettuce, Onions, Potatoes

Cultural Practices for Vegetables

  • Explain general cultural practices used for vegetable production.
  • Crop rotation
  • Soils
  • Plant foods
  • Cover Crops
  • Legumes and inoculation
  • Growing various cover crops -Barley, Buckwheat, Canola, Lucerne, Field pea, Lupins, Oats, Sorgham, Clover, etc.
  • Ways of using a cover crop
  • Cultivation techniques
  • Compost
  • Crop Scheduling
  • Planting Vegetables -seed, hybrid seed, storing seed, sowing seed
  • Understanding Soils
  • Dealing with Soil Problems
  • Plant nutrition and feeding

3  Pest, Disease & Weed Control

  • Weed control -hand weeding, mechanical, chemical and biological weed control methods
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Non chemical pest control
  • Understanding Pesticide labels
  • Understanding the law in relation to agricultural chemicals
  • Plant Pathology introduction
  • Understanding Fungi
  • Understanding insects, virus and other pathogens
  • Insect control -quarantine, clean far5ming, chemicals, biological controls
  • Review of common diseases
  • Review common pests
  • Review common environmental problems
  • Review common weeds

Hydroponic & Greenhouse Growing

  • Introduction to hydroponics
  • Types of systems
  • Nutrient solutions
  • NFT and other systems for vegetable production
  • Growing in a greenhouse (in the ground or hydroponics)
  • Components of a Greenhouse System
  • Types of Greenhouses and common greenhouse designs (venlo, mansard, wide span, multi span, poly tunnel, Sawtooth, Retractable roof, etc)
  • Shade houses, Cold Frames
  • Environmental Control -heating, ventilation, lighting, etc
  • Controlling moisture (misting, fog, etc)
  • Review of various vegetables - Cucurbits (Cucumber, Melon, Pumpkin, Watermelon, Zucchini)

Growing Selected Vegetable Varieties

  • Determine specific cultural practices for selected vegetable varieties.
  • Tropical Vegetables - Sweet Potato and Taro
  • Less common vegetables - Globe Artichoke, Jerusalem Artichoke, Asparagus, Chicory, Endive, Garlic, Leek, Okra, Rhubarb
  • Other Crops -Beetroot (Red Beet), Capsicum, Carrot, Celery, Sweet Corn, Eggplant, Parsnip, Spinach


  • Water and Irrigation
  • Infiltration
  • Internal Drainage
  • Flood, Sprinkler and Trickle irrigation
  • The objective of irrigation
  • Transpiration and Wilting Point
  • When to irrigate Timing irrigations
  • Detecting water deficiency or excess
  • Understanding soil moisture
  • Pumps, sprinklers and other equipment
  • Water hammer
  • Improving Drainage
  • Managing erosion

Harvest & Post-Harvest 

  • Introduction to harvesting
  • Post harvest treatment of vegetables
  • Cooling harvested produce
  • Harvesting tips
  • Storing vegetables

Marketing Vegetables

  • Introduction
  • Standards for cost efficiency, quality and quantity
  • Options for Marketing Produce
  • Market Research
  • How to sell successfully

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.


  • Compile a resource file of sources of information regarding vegetable varieties.
  • Describe the classification of different vegetables into major groups.
  • Prepare a collection of plant reviews of different vegetable varieties.
  • Determine three appropriate cultivars from each of different species of vegetables to be grown on a specified site.
  • Prepare a planting schedule of vegetable varieties, to be planted over a twelve month period, in your locality.
  • Differentiate between soil management practices for different vegetable varieties.
  • Explain the establishment of vegetables by seed.
  • Explain how to establish three different vegetables from seedlings.
  • Prepare a table or chart showing the planting distances, and planting depth of seed for different vegetable varieties.
  • Describe the application of pruning techniques to the production of specified vegetables.
  • Prepare a crop schedule (ie. production timetable) for a specified vegetable crop.
  • Prepare a pressed weed collection of different weeds.
  • Differentiate between different specific techniques for weed control in vegetable crops, including different chemical and different non-chemical methods.
  • Determine pest and disease problems common to different specified types of vegetables.
  • Identify appropriate control methods for the pest and disease problems you determined (above).
  • Develop pest and disease control programs, for the lifespans of different vegetables.
  • Determine the environmental disorders occurring with vegetable crops inspected by you.
  • Explain the methods that can be used to prevent and/or overcome different environmental disorders affecting vegetables.
  • Determine the potential benefits of greenhouse vegetable production in a specified locality.
  • Differentiate between the characteristics of different types of greenhouses.
  • Compare vegetable growing applications for different environmental control mechanisms used in greenhouses, including:
  • Different types of heaters
    • Shading
    • Lighting
    • Different types of coolers
    • Vents
    • Fans
  • Describe how a specified commercial vegetable crop might be grown in a greenhouse visited by you.
  • Compare vegetable growing applications for the major types of hydroponic systems
    • Open and closed systems
    • Aggregate
    • Water
    • Aeroponic culture
  • Determine reasons for choosing to grow vegetables in hydroponics rather than in the open ground.
  • Explain how a specified vegetable can be grown in an hydroponic system.
  • Determine two commercially viable varieties suited to growing in a specified locality, from each of the following different types of vegetables:
    • Brassicas
    • Cucurbits
    • Tomatoes
    • Lettuce
    • Onions
    • Potatoes
    • Legumes
  • Determine specific cultural requirements for growing each of the vegetable varieties selected (above) on a specified site.
  • Describe the culture of less commonly grown vegetables chosen by you.
  • Produce a log book, recording all work undertaken to grow a crop of different vegetable varieties, suited to your locality.
  • Describe different harvesting methods, including both manual and mechanical techniques, used in vegetable production, for specified vegetables.
  • Identify the appropriate stage of growth at which different types of vegetables should be harvested.
  • Evaluate commonly used harvesting techniques of vegetables.
  • Evaluate commonly used post-harvest treatments of vegetables.
  • Determine post-harvest treatments to slow the deterioration of different specified vegetables.
  • Develop guidelines for post harvest handling, during storage, transportation and marketing, of a specified vegetable variety.
  • Analyse vegetable marketing systems in your locality.
  • Explain the importance of produce standards to marketing in different vegetable marketing systems.
  • Explain the impact of quarantine regulations on transport of different types of vegetables, in your locality.
  • Explain an appropriate procedure for packaging a specified vegetable for long distance transport.
  • Develop marketing strategies for different specified vegetables.


The quality of this course is second to none, from the in-depth learning you will get to the expert individual mentoring you will receive throughout your studies. The mentors for this course are: 

Bunch of yellow rosesSusan 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.
In 2010, Susan authored a complete module for a Foundation degree (FDSC) in Arboriculture.
Susan 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.
Steven Whitaker course tutor
Steven Whitaker
Diploma in Garden Design (Distinction) – The Blackford Centre, Gold Certificate of Achievement in Horticulture, Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture, Level 1 NOCN Introduction to Gardening, – Joseph Priestly College, BTEC Diploma in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Operations (Merit), Trainer Skills 1, & 2, Group trainer, Interview and Selection Skills – Kirby College of Further Education
Steven has a wealth of Horticultural knowledge, having ran his own Design and Build service, Landscaping company, and been a Head Gardener. His awards include five Gold awards at Leeds in Bloom, two Gold awards at Yorkshire in Bloom and The Yorkshire Rose Award for Permanent Landscaping. Steven has worked with TV’s Phil Spencer as his garden advisor on the Channel 4 TV Programme, “Secret Agent”. 
He is qualified to Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture and has a Diploma in Garden Design which he passed with Distinction. Steven’s Tutor and Mentor was the Chelsea Flower Show Gold Award-winning Garden Designer, Tracy Foster. He also works for a major Horticultural Commercial Grower in the field of Propagation and Craft Gardening. Steven lives in Leeds where he is a Freelance Garden Designer and Garden Advice Consultant. 


Excerpt from the Course

Hydroponics: an introduction

Hydroponics is the process used to grow plants without soil and literally word means ‘working water’. The grower is taking ‘control’ of the plant's root environment and losing the benefit of ‘mother nature's’ finely tuned mechanisms which normally control that part of the plant's environment.

Hydroponics is not an easier way to grow plants. It is a more controlled way of growing plants!

Growing in hydroponics can offer the following advantages:

  • It can reduce the physical work involved in growing.
  • It can reduce the amount of water used in growing.
  • It can save on space - more can be grown in the same area.

There are six basic types of hydroponic systems:

  1. Wick
  2. Water Culture
  3. Ebb and Flow (or flood and drain system)
  4. Drip (with either a recovery or non recovery process)
  5. NFT (Nutrient  Film Technique)

Over time the basic models have evolved and resulted in hundreds of different variations.

The Wick System

This is passive with no moving parts, and is also the simplest type of hydroponic system. The nutrient solution is drawn into the growing medium from the reservoir with a wick. The grower using this system can use a variety of growing medium such as perlite, vermiculite, coconut fibre, and so on. However, large plants tend to draw and use the nutrient water at a faster rate than the wick can supply it

The Water Culture System

This is the simplest active system to use. A styrofoam platform floating on the nutrient solution holds the plants. Oxygen is supplied to the roots of the plants through a bubbling air stone that is attached to an air pump.  Water culture is the system is most often used for leafy vegetables such as lettuce that require fast growth and ample water. It is not suitable for most other plants that require a longer growing period.

The Ebb and Flow System

This is a versatile system that floods the grow tray with the nutrient solution for a short period and then drains the solution back into the reservoir using a submerged pump and timer. The timer cuts in several times a day and as it cuts in, the nutrient solution washes onto the tray. As it cuts out, the solution drains back into a reservoir. The frequency is dictated by the type of plants being grown and the growing medium used. Several types of growing mediums such as perlite, rockwool, gravel, or grow rocks can be used in this system. It is advisable to use a medium with greater water retention abilities such as rockwool as the incidence of root dehydration during power outages is lessened.

Drip Systems

These are simple to operate, very widely used, and the most popular system worldwide. A submersed pump is controlled by a timer and when the timer turns on the nutrient solution drips onto the base of each plant using a drip line. There are two types of drip systems:

  1. The Recovery System - where the excess (drained off) nutrient solution is recovered in a reservoir and then recycled. This system uses a less expensive (and less precise) timer than the following system. It is more efficient in that it recycles nutrients and due to this does not need to be as precise as the non-recovery system. However, this system needs to be carefully monitored to ensure that the nutrient solution does not vary too much in pH and strength due to the recycling process.
  2. The Non-Recovery System - where the excess nutrient solution is not collected or recycled. It needs to be more precise than the former system to ensure that the plant gets the correct level of nutrient solution and that the runoff is kept to a minimum. This system does not need the same level of maintenance as the former system as the nutrient solution is not recycled so pH and nutrient levels should always be correct.

NFT Systems

These do not use a growing medium but instead the plants are supported by a basket and the roots dangle in the nutrient solution. There is a constant flow of nutrient solution which means that no timer is required for the submersible pump. The nutrient solution is pumped into the growing tray using a tube where it flows over the roots of the plants, and then drains back into the reservoir. This is an inexpensive method as it does not require the expense of replacing the growing medium for each successive crop. Roots dry out rapidly, however, during power outages or equipment failure when the supply of nutrient solution is interrupted.

The Aeroponic System

This is probably the most high-tech type of hydroponic gardening. Once again, like the previous system, the plants are suspended in the air. The root system is periodically (every few minutes) misted with the nutrient solution using a timer and nutrient pump on a short cycle for a few seconds at a time. Due to root exposure in this system they can dry out rapidly during power outages or equipment failure.


EBook to compliment this course


Profitable Farming EBook


A complete guide and reference book for the entrepreneurial farmer ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. 

Profitable FarmingLink to eBook on Profitable Farming

By John Mason

Profitable Farming eBook course online. This full colour e-book will set you on the path towards profit in a world where markets, technology and climates are changing as never before.  It is not enough for today’s farmer to do things as they have always been done, but change need not be bad news!

Profitable Farming shows that for the farmer who is willing to think laterally and has planned ahead, there are many new opportunities for making money from the land –whether by changing the core business of a farm or simply diversifying for extra income and security.

The book features a comprehensive survey of new enterprise possibilities, but more importantly, it explains why change might be warranted and how to change with the minimum of risk.

Topics covered include:

  • Specialized crops and livestock;
  • Farm tourism;
  • Reducing costs through self-sufficiency and energy conservation;
  • Long-term planning and management of resources;
  • Value adding to produce;
  • Dealing with degraded land;
  • Working with climate change;

John Mason is a qualified horticulturalist, the founder and principal of the Australian Correspondence Schools and is author of many successful gardening, farming and horticultural books published by Kangaroo Press. He is also author of Sustainable Agriculture published by Landlinks Press.


Chapter 1 : Introduction

Creative ideas for profitable farming; What has changed; How to adapt/secrets of success

Chapter 2 : Solutions to Beat the Economic Squeeze

Spending less; Self sufficiency; Making decisions; The basic essentials; Basic non-essentials; Preserving & processing your food; Vegetables you can freeze; Harvesting & preserving; Drying; Energy use & conservation; Energy conservation techniques; Renewable energy sources compared; Some more on wind power; Using firewood

Chapter 3 : Making the Farm Pay 

Conservation and management of resources for long term sustainability; Native vegetation and farms; Important reasons for using trees; Landcare programs; Sharing equipment; Rehabilitation; Hostile environments; Water management

Chapter 4 : Alternative Enterprises

New enterprises; Overcoming limitations; Some ideas for new enterprises; Some selected enterprises to consider in greater detail; Viticulture; What to plant; Setting up; Sesame seed; Mung beans; Plant fibre crops; Nuts; Cut flowers and foliage; Organic farming; Agroforestry; Hydroponics; Herbs; Essential oils; Methods of extracting essential oils; Farming medicinal herbs; Cultivation of herbs; Broad acre cultivation; Traditional plant row spacings; Expected yields of selected herbs; Postharvest handling of herbs; Deer; Ostriches; Emus; Alpacas and llamas; Goats; Aquaculture; Horse industry applications; Value adding; Farm tourism; Services you could or should offer

Chapter 5 : Towards Better Planning

A way of thinking; Economic principles; Scale of economies; Change or die; A planning procedure; Decisions; Plan drawing of the farm; Risk; Quality systems; Contingency planning; Liquidity; Financial records; Controlling growth 



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