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This is a comprehensive course aimed at those hoping to enter the nut production industry or for keen amateurs of nut growing.
It is a detailed study on nut growing in 100 hours of study with the opportunity to specialise according to your interests.
Most nut crops have big advantages over other fruit production systems - they don't require as large an area as many tree fruit orchards and keep much longer if harvest or marketing is delayed. Whether grown as a main crop or supplementary crop, nuts are well worth learning about.
Nut is a general term used to describe oily, dry seeds (or the fruit) of certain plants. Nuts develop in the fruits of many different plants, but not all are edible. Some of these are grown commercially as edible food products while others have potential that has not yet been exploited, for development as a "gourmet" crop.
This course will reveal the world of nut growing, expanding your horizons, deepening your knowledge and laying a strong foundation in this fascinating subject.
As with all our courses, study papers are provided on a CD, in total involving approximately 100 hours of work. The course is divided into 9 lessons with an assignment set at the end of each. These are sent to the Academy for marking and are returned to you with comments and suggestions.
You will be working with Course Director Colin Elliott, an experienced professional horticulturist.
There are 9 lessons in this course:
- What is a Nut
- Identifying Plants Accurately
- Classification of Nuts into their Plant Families
- Anacardiaceae, etc
- Review of Botany of Nuts: flowers and fruit development
- The Most Commonly Grown Varieties
- Overview of Nut Culture
- Comparing most common nuts
- American Hazlenut
- Culture of Nuts
- Site Selection and Management
- Soil Testing
- Water Management
- Nutrition and Feeding
- Plant Health: pest and disease, protection from wind, salt, air, etc
- Common problems with different types of nuts
- Weed Management
- Less Common Nuts
- Pine Nuts
- Brazil Nut
- Pili Nut
- Cola Nut
- Hausa Groundnut
- Acacia, and more
- Seed Propagation of Nuts
- Propagating Corylus
- Propagating Pinus
- Propagating aids and structures
- Harvest and Post-harvest of Nuts.
- Cleaning, Cracking and Shelling
- Drying and Storage
- Handling Almonds
- Pine nuts
- Marketing Nuts
- Where to sell nuts
- Marketing Processes
- Market Research
- Uses of Nuts: Food and other uses
- Workplace Health, Safety and Risk Management
- Duty of Care
- Risk Assessment in a Horticultural Enterprise
- Financial Risks
- Keeping the Workplace Safe
- Protective Clothing
- Equipment Safety (Tools and Machinery)
- Safety with Manual Handling and lifting
- Special Assignment
- PBL Project: Develop a plan for growing selected varieties of nuts in a specific location
Course cost: £ 320.00 (single payment)