Market Gardening

An alternative to large, industrial, monoculture farming – growing diverse crops on a market garden or smallholding

Market gardening produces a wide range of crops, throughout the growing season, from a relatively small area of land. The smaller, diverse output means produce is frequently sold locally and direct: from an ‘on farm’ stand or shop to consumers, at farmers’ markets, to restaurants, to wholesale markets and local food stores. Direct-to-consumer selling achieves a higher price and together with the growing popularity of fresh, high quality, local and organic food (sold at a premium) and the smaller start-up investment required, this business model can be profitable and sustainable. This course is ideal for those who intend to or already run a market garden, commercially growing produce from their own holding. It would also be useful for leisure learners who are keen allotment holders or interested in self-sufficiency. As well as exploring techniques to grow a range of vegetables and cut flowers, you will also study topics such as soil structure, crop rotation, natural and artificial fertilisers, irrigation, drainage and the weather and its effect.

  • Gain the skills and knowledge to grow a range of vegetables and flowers commercially in a market garden/smallholding or for leisure on an allotment/plot
  • Flexible home-study learning so you can fit your learning around your work and life
  • Quality course material and excellent tutor support – to help you achieve your goals
  • On successful completion you will receive an HCC Certificate
  • Suitable for both amateur and professional gardeners
  • No previous experience needed

How the course works

Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.

This flexibility makes it easy to fit learning around work and family commitments.

The extensive course materials have been developed by gardening experts and are clear and straightforward, so your studying is easy and enjoyable. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance. (You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.)

The course includes all the required study materials.

There is no formal examination. On successful completion you will be awarded an HCC Certificate. You have 2 years to complete the course.

* Fees include QLS registration
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