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Commercial Organic Vegetable Growing VHT241 Course Online

Commercial Organic Vegetable Growing Course Online

Learn the processes required to tap into the commercial organic vegetable market; this extensive course provides a wealth of knowledge and practical skills and shows you how to market your produce. Organic vegetables are crops with a future.

  • Learn all aspects of organic vegetable production.
  • 100 hour self paced course
  • Study in your own time at your own pace.
  • Study with our tutors who are experts in the field.

Course Aims

  • 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

Course Outline

There are 12 lessons in this course:

  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

Enrol Now

  • Experienced Tutor support
  • Certificate sent to you
  • Online study (Printed notes available)
  • Self paced - no set timetable
  • 12 months to complete course

From: $35.00 / week for 19 weeks

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    Commercial Organic Vegetable Growing Course Online

    Learn the processes required to tap into the commercial organic vegetable market; this extensive course provides a wealth of knowledge and practical skills and shows you how to market your produce. Organic vegetables are crops with a future.

    • Learn all aspects of organic vegetable production.
    • 100 hour self paced course
    • Study in your own time at your own pace.
    • Study with our tutors who are experts in the field.

    Course Aims

    • 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

    Course Outline

    There are 12 lessons in this course:

    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

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      Enrol Now

      • Experienced Tutor support
      • Certificate sent to you
      • Online study (Printed notes available)
      • Self paced - no set timetable
      • 12 months to complete course

      From: $35.00 / week for 19 weeks

      Clear

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