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Fruit Production - Warm Climate 100 Hours Certificate Course

Fruit Production - Warm Climate course online. Expand you understanding of tropical and sub tropical fruit growing. The course includes sections on Avocados, Pineapples, Macadamias, Paw Paws and Cashews. This course has been designed to be especially applicable to tropical and sub-tropical conditions.

A good example of a country where fruit production in warm climates is important to a developing country for its economy, in feeding its population and for exporting around the world, is Ecuador in South America. It produces banana, pineapple, cacao, coconut, mango, watermelon, and papaya, plus many more exotic fruits.

Pitahaya from Ecuador

Pitahaya (see photo) for example, belonging to the dragon-fruit family, is very different to other fruit grown in tropical and sub tropical areas. It is yellow on the outside and white inside. Its flesh is sweet and the combination of tiny seeds embedded in a high-fibre pulp (resembling frog-spawn) is thought to help clean the colon, according to Ecuadorians living in Guayaquil especially. 

When driving between Guayaquil and the coast, or costa as it is in Spanish, fruit and other produce is easily available from street vendors at lay-bys and road tolls, as well as in any towns on the way. A special favourite with motorists is coconut, which is hacked open and a straw inserted, to create a refreshing drink for the trip. The flesh can then be taken home to be toasted and enjoyed later.
 
In the countryside on the border of two of Ecuador's provinces: Los Rios and Cotopaxi, cacao (cocoa seed), bananas and other fruits are grown in plantations and on the land of ordinary Ecuadorian people, who literally shop in each others gardens for fresh produce.
 
In this excellent course, you will learn how to grow, nurture and market different warm weather fruits. It is ideal for anyone having or wanting to buy land in warmer climates, both as a small farmer or a plantation owner.It is also a credible program for charities working in developing countries, helping people to be self-sufficient in providing food for their families. This is because the course is designed by industry relevant professionals, to be applicable to the learner's own climatic and geographical area anywhere in the world.

 

Learning Goals:   Fruit Production - Warm Climate BHT217
  • Identify different types of fruit crops, which can be successfully grown in a specific region.
  • Explain the nature of the fruit industry in a specific region.
  • Determine the cultural requirements for different fruit crops.
  • Develop a plan for the establishment of an orchard.
  • Formulate appropriate methods for marketing specific fruit crops grown in your locality.
  • Develop a calendar for cultural management of a fruit plantation, or orchard

 

Lesson Structure:   Fruit Production - Warm Climate BHT217

There are 8 lessons in this course:

1  Introduction To Warm Climate Fruit Growing

  • Deciding what to grow
  • Where to get helpful informationm and start networking
  • Scope of Warm Fruit Growing -Review of main groups: Citrus, Berries, Nuts, Vines, Other fruits.
  • Understanding plant naming
  • Review of tropical fruit families:Anacardiaceae, Annonaceae, Apocynaceae, Bombaceae, Bursaraceae, Ebenaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Fabaceae, Flacourtiaceae, Guttiferae, Lauraceae, Lecythidaceae, Malpighiaceae, Meliaceae, Moraceae, Musaceae, Myrtaceae, Oxalidaceae, Palmae, Pasifloraceae, Proteaceae, Rhamnaceae,Rubiaceae,Rutaceae, Sapindaceae.
  • The botany of a fruit

2  Types of Fruits

  • Establishing An Orchard
  • Develop a plan for the establishment of an orchard
  • Site considerations -choosing a site
  • Understanding Soils and Nutrition
  • Soil Testing
  • Several warm climate fruits are then reviewed including: Avocado Banana, Citrus, Cocao, Coffee, Macadamia and Paw Paw

3  General Cultural Practices

  • Fertilsers and Nutrition
  • Pest and Disease -determining and managing problems
  • What problems occur on what fruit plants
  • Weed control
  • Frost and sun protection
  • Drainage
  • Pruning

4  Tree Fruits

  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Star Fruit (Carambola)
  • Custard Apple
  • Durian
  • Jackfruit
  • Lychee
  • Mango
  • Mangosteen
  • Rambutan
  • White Sapote
  • Paw Paw

5  Nuts, Vines and Berries

  • Strawberry
  • Solanum
  • Pepino
  • Tamarillo
  • Lilly Pilly
  • Passionfruit
  • Coconut
  • Macadamia
  • Peanut
  • Pecan
  • Pistacio
  • Cashew
  • Brazil Nut

6  Citrus and other Fruits

  • Suitability to different climates.
  • Grapefruit
  • Mandarin
  • Tangelo
  • Sweet Orange
  • Meyer Lemon and other Lemons
  • Limes
  • Figs
  • Olives
  • Guava
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranate, Persimmon, Quandong etc

7  Cultural Management Of A Fruit Plantation or Orchard

  • Flow charting a crop

8  Marketing Your Produce

  • Considering marketing options
  • Market Research
  • Maintaining marketing standards and selling

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.


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Practicals (What You Will Do):
  • Compile a resource file of different sources of information regarding commercial fruit varieties.
  • Compare the facilities used to produce six different fruit crops, in a specified locality.
  • Determine criteria for selecting a fruit variety to grow as a commercial crop in your locality.
  • Select five different fruit varieties with commercial potential for a specified location.
  • Analyse the physical layout of a specified orchard.
  • Determine the scope of commercial fruit growing in a specified locality.
  • Demonstrate standard soil tests to three different soils to determine:
    • Soil type
    • pH
    • Drainage
    • Water holding capacity
  • Evaluate the different soils tested to determine their suitability for growing different fruit varieties.
  • Analyse the culture
    • Watering
    • Weed control
    • Soil management
    • Pruning
    • Fertilising
    • Pest control
    • Disease control
  • Determine soil management practices, including:
    • Nutrition
    • Soil structure
    • Cultivation
    • Weed control
  • Determine the susceptibility of specified fruit species to pest and disease problems.
  • Explain how to control different specified pests and diseases, on different fruit varieties grown.
  • Develop sets of guidelines for pruning different types of fruits.
  • Determine the factors which are critical to growing fruit trees in the your locality.
  • Determine criteria to select a site for fruit growing in your locality.
  • Compare the physical layout of two different orchards you visit.
  • Prepare a plan for establishing a fruit growing area, in your locality, including:
    • Concept layout plan drawn to scale
    • Materials list (including plants)
    • Cost estimates for establishment.
  • Analyse different marketing systems in the fruit industry, including at local, national and international levels.
  • Explain common reasons for price fluctuations in the fruit industry.
  • Compare different fruit crops in relation to different factors, including:
    • Storage requirements
    • Storage life
    • Harvesting time
    • Shelf life
    • Transport to market
  • Evaluate the presentation and packaging of different fruits, for marketing through different marketing systems.
  • Analyse different marketing strategies used by a specific fruit grower.
  • Develop a marketing strategy, including:
    • Marketing stages
    • Marketing schedule (ie. timetable)
    • Estimated marketing costs
    • Handling procedures
    • Promotions, for a specific fruit crop.
  • Differentiate between the cultural practices undertaken by different growers, on the same crop, grown in two different localities.
  • Determine the cultural practices necessary to grow different fruit crops for a twelve month period, on a specified site.
  • Prepare a monthly calender, covering a twelve month period, for cultural practices in a fruit plantation or orchard you choose.

 


 

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 tutorSteven 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. 

 

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