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Nut Production 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Nut Production
Nut Production course online. Learn How to identify and Grow a Wide Range of Edible Nuts. You’ll learn from professional university trained horticulturists with decades of industry experience and build networks within industry and discover opportunities for commercial production or self sufficiency.
With increased pressure on food supply & the environment, opportunities for food production experts are set to expand in the future -Now is the time to study. This course will reveal the world of nut growing, expanding your horizons, deepening your knowledge and laying a foundation to explore and do things with nuts which you might not have previously considered.
Lesson 9 PBL
- In this lesson, instead of reading course notes you will complete a Problem Based Learning project based on what you have learnt throughout the course and through independent research. At the end of this lesson your report will be submitted instead of an assignment
Lesson Structure: Nut Production BHT219
There are 9 lessons:
- What is a Nut
- Identifying Plants Accurately
- Classification of Nuts into their Plant Families
- Anacardiaceae, etc
- Review of Botany of Nuts: flowers and fruit development
2 The Most Commonly Grown Varieties
- Overview of Nut Culture
- Comparing most common nuts
- American Hazlenut
- Cashew Peanut
3 Culture of Nuts
- Site Selection and Management
- Soil Testing
- Water Management
- Nutrition and Feeding
- Plant Health: pest and disease, protection from wind, salt, air, etc
- Common problems with different types of nuts
- Weed Management
4 Less Common Nuts
- Pine Nuts
- Brazil Nut
- Pili Nut
- Cola Nut
- Hausa Groundnut
- Acacia, and more
- Seed Propagation of Nuts
- Propagating Corylus
- Propagating Pinus
- Propagating aids and structures
6 Harvest and Post-harvest of Nuts.
- Cleaning, Cracking and Shelling
- Drying and Storage
- Handling Almonds
- Pine nuts
7 Marketing Nuts
- Where to sell nuts
- Marketing Processes
- Market Research
- Uses of Nuts: Food and other uses
8 Workplace Health, Safety and Risk Management
- Duty of Care
- Risk Assessment in a Horticultural Enterprise
- Financial Risks
- Keeping the Workplace Safe
- Protective Clothing
- Equipment Safety (Tools and Machinery)
- Safety with Manual Handling and lifting
9 Special Assignment
- PBL Project Develop a plan for growing selected varieties of nuts in a specific location
Learning Goals:Nut Production BHT219
- Identify different nut crop varieties
- Compare the culture of different commonly grown varieties of nuts
- Determine the cultivation practices appropriate to a range of different nut crops
- Describe the culture of different less commonly grown varieties of nuts
- Determine how to propagate a range of different nut plants
- Determine appropriate techniques for harvesting a nut crop and specify an appropriate post-harvest treatment for a nut crop
- Develop marketing strategies for nuts
- Identify risk issues specific to the nut production industry
Practical (Set Tasks)
- Distinguish between common and scientific perceptions of the term nut.
- Compare the botanical characteristics of the fruits from five different nut genera.
- Describe the botanical classification of twenty different species of nut plants, including where appropriate, botanical interrelationships.
- Prepare a plant collection of twenty-five different nut varieties, including the following details on each plant:
- Plant names (Common and scientific)
- A photo, illustration or pressed specimen
- Cultural details
- Harvest & Post-harvest
- Uses (eg. valuable products).
- Develop a resource file of forty items of information relevant to the nut growing industry, including:
- Suppliers of nut plants
- Trade or grower associations
- Perform simple tests on three different soils to determine:
- Soil type
- Water holding capacity
- Evaluate three different soils tested in 2.1 to determine nut varieties suitable for growing in each.
- Explain soil management requirements for at least ten different nut varieties, including:
- Soil structure
- Physical attributes
- Explain the control of twenty different pests and diseases on ten different nut varieties.
- Develop guidelines for the culture of a specified variety of nut, in the learner’s locality, including:
- Weed control
- Soil management
- Pest control
- Disease control
- Prepare a twelve month plan for cultural practices on a specified nut plantation.
- Explain different methods of propagating five different nut species, including:
- Determine propagation methods for fifteen different nut species, including where applicable, rootstock variety names.
- Demonstrate how to prepare cuttings for two different nut species.
- Demonstrate three different types of grafts, suitable for propagating nut varieties.
- Determine seed germination procedures for ten different nut genera.
- Prepare a production schedule, for nursery production of a specified type of nut.
- Propagate two different nut plant varieties.
- Explain the operation of a mechanical harvester which can be used for nuts.
- Determine when to harvest four different specified nut species.
- Compare the efficiency of four different techniques for harvesting nuts.
- Describe two different storage techniques for a specified nut variety.
- Determine the optimum environmental conditions for the storage of three different nut species.
- Evaluate three different samples of nuts, which have been stored using three different techniques.
- Determine the commercial processing techniques used for five specified nut species.
- Explain post-harvest handling of a specified nut species, by a commercial plantation in a specified locality.
- Determine different ways in which nuts can be consumed.
- Compare different ways nuts are packaged for retailing, with reference to different factors including:
- Physiological impact on the nut
- Cost of packaging
- Explain the marketing of two different specified nut products, in your locality.
- Develop a marketing plan for one specified type of nut.
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:
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.
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
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here is a list of the most often asked FAQ’s.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at ADL, our students are our priority – we treat everyone as a unique individual.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, as each module has been written by highly qualified industry professionals. The content of the material is presented in such a way that text books are not required. However, if you require additional reading your tutor will be able to supply a list.
Q. What happens if I have to stop studying for a while? (eg. become sick, go on holidays, have a baby, move house, etc)
A. It’s OK to take a break and start up your study at a later point in time. Just let us know.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no maximum age limit. We do however, have a minimum age limit of 18 years. Below that age parental consent would be required.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are revised and updated on a rotation system.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. Yes. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. When can I enrol/start?
A. You may enrol and start at any time of the year – it’s all self- paced.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. How long do I have to complete the course?
A. You complete the course at any time that is convenient for you.
Q. Completing a 100 hour module – how long will it take?
A. For some students a 100 hour module will take approximately to 3- 6 months to complete. Others take less time and some even longer.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a Project, instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. You may elect to undertake a Project (set by your tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Projects are completed from your home and can usually take a couple of weeks to complete.
Q. If my assignment is not up to standard is there an opportunity to resubmit my work?
A. Yes –
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons, there would be 10 assignments.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would be awarded a Certificate endorsed by TQUK (Training Qualifications, UK), providing you complete all assignments and the exam. If you just want to complete only the assignments and not sit for the exam or finish a Project, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications available please click here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to Design Your Own Diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. You choose modules that you think will help you in achieving your goal.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of all courses and providing all assignments and exam requirements have been met, you will receive your Award and a Transcript.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We appoint Tutors and require that they must be currently active in their industry, with at least 5 years’ experience in their chosen profession.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes – you have unlimited access to your tutor via email through our Online Classroom. You can always leave a message with ADL requesting your tutor to contact you. You decide on how much or how little contact you wish to have.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
Excerpt From The Course
The most common way to produce nut trees is through grafting a scion (the fruiting wood of a particular
species or cultivar) onto a vigorous, disease resistant rootstock. Some plants such as Corylus
(hazelnut) however do not respond well to grafting and are usually propagated by layering and also by
Planting fruit and nut trees that have been grown from seed is not a recommended or common practice
(especially on a commercial basis). Seed grown plants are not genetically identical to their parents –
therefore a plant grown from a seed might not turn out to be exactly the same as the plant from which
that seed was collected. This means that is unlikely for you to be able to raise a seedling nut tree that
is vigorous and sets fruit reliably – if at all; fruit from seedling grown trees is also usually inferior.
Fruiting can also take a lot longer on seedling grown trees – walnuts for example can take 15 years,
hickory (filberts) can take up to 20 years.
However a very important characteristic of seed reproduction is that variation occurs within a group (or
groups) of seedlings – this is important to breeders as they select new varieties from batches of
seedlings, and then conduct trials on their selections. These trials take time and are used to determine
disease resistance, vigour, fruiting capability and so on – it is several years before the selected cultivars
Seedlings have two uses:
1. To provide rootstocks onto which selected nut tree varieties are grafted or budded. Large numbers of
rootstock are obtained is by raising them from seed of known vigorous varieties or species.
2. To breed new plants – growing seedlings is the most important way of developing new varieties as
stated before this is a long and drawn out process.
Most fruit and nut trees are budded or grafted onto a vigorous rootstock. The type of rootstock chosen is
dependant on growing conditions, soil and climate.
Grafting, layering, seed growing and other propagation techniques (used for various nut species) are
discussed in this lesson.
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: [email protected]
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,