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NCFE Level 2 Understanding how to grow fruit & vegetables (Award Occ studies)

Bicton College Off-site LEVEL: 2 Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture

Develop your skills in planning your edible garden. Whether you are staring from scratch with a field or want to improve your allotment planning, you will look at crop rotation, successional sowing and planning for planting tress and fruit. You will have a chance to work on plans for your own garden space and gain new skills in assessing the land using permaculture principles and creating a plan that will produce food throughout the year.

This 6 week course, running 1 day a week, is a great introduction to planning your productive organic garden. Students will create a growing plan for their own (real or imaginary) growing space, including vegetables, fruit and herbs. The course will look at different approaches to planning fruit and vegetable crops, including permaculture design, forest gardening, allotment growing and using small or marginal spaces. For veg growing the course looks at successional sowing, making the most of space, incorporating green manures and fertility building, seeds varieties and seed ordering. For fruit growing the course looks at planning top fruit and soft fruit planting.

Participants will sow seeds of different crops, and take a creative approach to planning their fruit and vegetable growing that they can implement through the year.

This course takes place at School Farm CSA, a certified organic community market garden on the beautiful Dartington estate near Totnes, Devon. The course is delivered by experienced growers who have themselves been through the process of gaining qualifications and practical experience in organic growing before they launched their own growing enterprise.

The techniques and tools used will be applicable to both the home/ allotment gardener, jobbing gardeners and people who might want to set up their own food growing enterprise.


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Ideal if:

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in growing herbs and can be applicable to people growing in pots, a small garden or on a larger scale. Some experience of gardening or plant knowledge, will be beneficial, although the course can be enjoyed by enthusiastic beginners and more experienced gardeners alike.


You’ll need:

There are no strict entry requirements, but experience of gardening and plants is very valuable and enthusiasm to learn is essential.

You’ll learn:

  •          Different approaches to planning fruit and vegetable crops, including permaculture, forest gardening, allotment growing and using small or marginal spaces.
  •           Successional sowing, making the most of space
  •          Incorporating green manures and fertility building.
  •          Choosing seeds, varieties and seed ordering.
  •           Planning top fruit and soft fruit planting.
  •          Creating a crop plan (through the year) and planting plan of an area


Students can expect 1 day a week of practical learning on the land in different seasons and weather conditions, indoors and outdoors. Assessment is by a workbook which will be completed through the course. 

You’ll love:

Students will love learning directly from the land and one another as well as from experienced growers and completing the course with plans to create their own productive gardens.

You’ll go on to:

Students may go on to take other courses, improve their own food growing, or to study other aspects of growing.  


NCFE Level 2 Understanding how to grow fruit & vegetables

Start Date

September 2020




6 weeks

Extra Information

This Course is run at School Farm Dartington. Course Cost is £50.00



Carol has had a long career in television production with ITV and a successful floristry career in teaching and training in the Midlands. Carol has also run her own successful consultancy business, building strong floristry connections and believes the development of people is indicative of the talent of good trainers and mentors.

“I am passionate about creativity, the learning experience and the lightbulb moments for all of our students, that’s what makes it all worthwhile.”

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