Program Description

The Garden to Market Specialist Technical Diploma is designed for anyone interested in market gardening and fruit and vegetable production in a variety of agricultural settings.

Learners will develop skills to start their own enterprises growing produce and other agriculture products to sell. Hands-on and classroom training are offered in both a hoop house and greenhouse lab setting.

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Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Develop a small business operational plan
  • Demonstrate best management practices in developing a controlled plant environment
  • Prescribe effective pest management systems
  • Determine how to grow and manage a variety of garden plants

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Vegetable Grower
  • Farm Laborer
  • Nursery Worker
  • Harvester
  • Grower
  • Propagation Worker
  • Transplant Worker
  • Greenhouse Worker

Courses

The Garden to Market Specialist Technical Diploma is a 30 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

AGRICULTURAL ACCOUNTING 2.00
INTRODUCTION TO SOILS 2.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00
ORIENTATION TO THE GREENHOUSE INDUSTRY 1.00
CONTAINER GARDENING 1.00
PLANT SCIENCE BASICS 2.00
DESIGNING AND TIMING YOUR GARDEN 2.00
GREENHOUSE OPERATION 1 2.00

Second Term

PEST AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT 2.00
PLANT GROWTH & HEALTH 2.00
HEIRLOOM & HERITAGE VARIETIES 1.00
GREENHOUSE OPERATION 2 1.00

Third Term

AGRICULTURE SALES & PROMOTION 2.00
MERCHANDISING PRODUCE APPLICATIONS 3.00
FRUITS & NUTS 2.00
GREENHOUSE OPERATION 3 2.00
GREENHOUSE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 3.00

* College 101 (10-890-165) is not part of the program credit requirements but is a College Requirement for graduation that must be passed with a “C” or better. This requirement is effective for students beginning the program in Spring 2021 and beyond.

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

  • Due to the growing season, this program will only begin in spring.
  • This program will first be offered in Spring 2023.

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We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.