Backyard Farming

This practical seven (7) weeks course is designed to introduce students to the concept of agricultural sustainability by growing fruits, vegetables and herbs in their own backyards. Areas of focus will be on understanding your soil, composting, plant propagation, growing seasons, vegetable types and other commodities. The skills covered in the course will afford students the opportunity to establish their own backyard garden.

COST: $400


Next Session starts APRIL 29th, 2024

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Classes are offered every semester. 

No it is not too late! Students can register beyond the start date and work at their own pace still complete all the requirements of the 7-week course and receive a certificate at the end. 

Students who register late will have access to all lectures they may have missed. All course work will be uploaded to the student information platform so students can engage in self-paced revision. 

Once students have registered, they will also be able to join all upcoming live lectures scheduled beyond the point of their date of registration.

Students are fully responsible for the completion of ALL assignments and coursework required to receive a certificate at the end of the 7-weeks.

No, there is no fee for late registration.

After successfully completing seven (7) weeks of this program, you will receive your certification.

You will have six (6) course contact hours each week. There will be three (3), two (2) hour sessions each week held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12pm – 2pm.

Course content will be delivered interchangeably between zoom, PowerPoint presentations and pre-recorded video uploads. Mondays and Fridays are allotted for zoom lectures and Wednesdays for pre-recorded/PowerPoint presentations. During each zoom session, there will be a Q&A for all topics covered throughout the week.

Yes. You are allowed to ask as many relevant questions as you wish via discussion board or email.

As this course is blended between theory and practical skills, you will need the following:

  • A notebook and pen, or an alternative to record lecture notes
  • Access to a computer / mobile device with a webcam / camera
  • Microsoft word and Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Garden space
  • Gardening gloves
  • Small garden pruning shears / clippers
  • Source of water – Water hose / watering can
  • Shovel
  • Hand trowel/ hand spade
  • Grafting knife
  • Seedling starter tray
  • 4, 3L or 5L Plant pots
  • Rooting hormones
  • Potting soil – number of bags will depend on garden space
  • Compost / Manure – number of bags will depend on garden space
  • Seeds – Two (2) or more packets of seeds. They can be purchased from any gardening store or the exchange (located on Potter’s Cay Dock). Those who may want to order seeds online, may do so at or It is important that you purchase seeds that are to be planted during summer months (okra, beans/peas, hot peppers, sunflowers, zucchini, eggplant, basil, Malabar spinach, squash, corn, sweet potato slips, garlic cloves, watermelon etc). Seed selection is solely up to you!
  • A willingness to learn

If you have alternative items to replace some of the items listed above and it does the job just the same, feel free to use them.

This training course was designed with learning flexibility in mind. Beginners with little to no experience in backyard gardening, to those with already existing gardens can benefit from all course content. It is recommended that you be familiar with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint before enrolling in this course.

You shouldn’t! Lessons are easy to understand and contain lots of visuals to assist with important points of discussion.

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