Students must maintain a C (60%) or better grade in each of the program core courses in order to continue and complete the program.
Students must successfully complete all mandatory safety training courses required within the program.
Prospective students should be able to lift up to 20 kilograms. General physical fitness and the ability to use hand tools for extended periods of time — such as garden hoes, weeding tools and shovels — are also requirements.
How to Apply
Complete the Continuing Education Application for Admission. Forms can be dropped off or mailed to the Student Services office at your local campus, along with payment for your course fees. If you have questions, please call 250-334-5000 ext. 4601 (Comox Valley campus).
Important: The deadline for all applications for the Winter 2020 program start is Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.
This program is designed to familiarize students with the main theories, concepts and practices of organic market garden agriculture with guidance from experts in the industry.
The curriculum covers greenhouse propagation, soil and plant science, weed and pest control and irrigation technologies. Students will also develop business management skills, marketing skills as well as crop planning, and budgeting.
Students will also have the opportunity to gain and apply sales and marketing skills by selling their produce at local farmer’s markets, restaurants and grocery stores.
With the cost of produce from California continually increasing and a growing awareness of the environmental costs associated with trucking and transportation, there is a huge opportunity for market gardening to expand in the Comox Valley and beyond. This expansion will require trained gardeners to work on the farms and to own and operate market gardens.
Classes will generally run Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 4 pm each day. Depending on instructor availability for special sections, some classes may run until 5 pm during weekdays. An occasional Saturday class may also be scheduled.
Please come to the first day of class with comfortable clothes and shoes and be prepared to work outside.
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We are currently gathering an interest list for the next Port Alberni offering of Market Gardener. Please join the email list for updates.
Tuition & Costs Estimate
Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.
While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.