Berries are delicate and delicious little fruits and are considered somewhat of a delicacy — hence their often exorbitant cost! Some berry varieties prefer certain regions and climates over others, so knowing the intricacies of berry production can help you choose what to grow where … and successfully!
The Certificate of Berry Production is a professional development course that is ideal for horticulture students, commercial growers, or hobby growers who a looking to start their own little berry patch.
In this fruit production course, you will learn about the botanical characteristics of berries, which varieties to grow, and how to plant, stake, mulch, water, feed, protect and prune them.
You will also study berry propagation, how to irrigate them and control weeds, how to harvest and market them, and how to navigate the world of commercial berry growing.
On completion of this course, you will have gained insights into the wonderful world of berry production — from strawberries, blueberries, cranberries and raspberries, to lesser-known varieties like gooseberries, goji berries and lignoberries (and more!)
Unit - Berry Production
Unit 1 – Introduction
Review of the system of plant identification
Plant Families, Species, Cultivars, Varieties
What is a Berry -Botanical Characteristics (Simple fruits, Compound Fruits)
Information contacts (ie: nurseries, seed, clubs etc.)
Unit 2 – Which Varieties to Grow
How much land
Winter Chilling Requirements
Further Considerations affecting what to Grow
Review of Significant Berries including
Other Rubus species
Unit 3 – Lesser Grown Varieties of Berry Plants
Hardy Kiwi Fruit
Production Plan for Berry Cropping
Unit 4 – Culture
Pest & disease
Protection from wind, salt, air, etc.
Unit 5 – Propagation
Methods of propagating berries
Seed, Cuttings, Layering
Aids to Propagation
Hardening off Young Plants
Propagation of selected varieties
Unit 6 – Weed Control & Irrigation
What is a Weed
How Weeds Spread
Preventative methods of Control
Eliminating growing weeds
Water Infiltration and Retention
Improving water Infiltration
Soil Moisture Classes
Measuring Water Available to Plants
When to Irrigate
Irrigating Berry Crops
Unit 7 – Harvesting & Marketing Berries
When and How to Harvest
Understanding Fruit Ripening
Post Harvest Treatments
Unit 8 – Commercial Berry Growing
The Marketing Process
Understanding Supply and Demand
Cost, Quality and Quantity characteristics in a Crop
Farm Layout for Better Management
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How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
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