The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to plant, grow and mantain a range of vegetables under supervision.



Participants of this programme will be able to:

  1. State the principes of crop rotation including a rationale and examples
  2. State the major factors affecting soil suitability for vegetable production to include soil composition, nutrient availability water holding capacity, drainage, organic matter content and compaction
  3. Prepare ground for vegetable growing to include digging, breaking up of soil, removal of debris, weeds and large stones to form suitable surface
  4. Apply compost, manure and fertiliser to a stated rate at planting and throughout the growing season
  5. Grow a range of vegetables to include brassicas, legumes, root crops and salad crops from seeds, including both station and drill sown, tubers, sets, plugs and transplants
  6. Mantain growing vegetable crops to include watering, weather and pest protection, training and supporting
  7. Deal with common pests and diseases of vegetables crops to include identification and control by a range of methods
  8. Deal with weeds to include identification and control by a range of methods
  9. Harvest a range of vegetables to include selection, grading and packing 


This course is currently being offered under our North West Healthy Living Programme.