Course Description

This course is an online, independent self-study course comprised of 8 modules. The course opens on November 1st, 2023.  Learners can register for the course anytime between November 1st, 2023 and March 31st, 2024, and will have access to the course until June 28th, 2024.  Learners can work at their own pace on or offline. 


Whether you are a home gardener looking to advance your skills or new to the gardening experience, this course has something for everyone. Activities throughout this course are geared towards anyone who wishes to produce vegetables organically for fresh consumption. Each module will take approximately 5 - 7 hours to complete.  The whole course will take up to 50 hours.  

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Garden Planning and Design
  • Module 2: Soil Health
  • Module 3: Plant Nutrition and Organic Techniques
  • Module 4: Garden Preparation
  • Module 5: Pest Control in the Garden
  • Module 6: Vegetable Maintenance, Harvest and Storage
  • Module 7: Composting

What You Will Learn

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify your gardening goals and the process for planting and maintaining a home vegetable garden;
  • Assess the physical properties, nutrient status, and health of your garden;
  • Identify plant deficiencies and organic fertilizer amendments to add to your garden for healthy plant growth;
  • Establish a small vegetable garden using seeds and transplants;      
  • Control common insects and diseases in the vegetable; 
  • Maintain, harvest, and store produce from a small vegetable garden;
  • Make compost to help maintain a healthy soil and plant environment. 


This course is an online, independent self-study course. There is no instructor for this course. It is designed for learners to gain knowledge in growing an organic vegetable garden at home. Activities are provided in each module for the learner to work through on their own.  Answer keys are provided. Learners can register anytime between November 1st, 2023 and March 31st, 2024.  Learners will have until June 28th, 2024 to complete the course. Learners have the option to purchase a hard copy of the entire course at any point. If you have any questions about this course, please contact extended.learning@dal.ca

Recommended For

  • Those who are home gardeners, backyard gardeners, hobby gardeners. 
  • Those who are interested in increasing their knowledge in organic vegetable gardening.

This course is not developed to meet the needs of a grower who wishes to transition to certified organic agriculture production. 

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Organic Vegetable Gardener
Online - Self-Paced
Nov 01, 2023 to Jun 28, 2024
Total Learning Hours
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $130.00
Section Fees
Section Notes

Registration closes March 31st, 2024. Students have until June 28th, 2024 to complete the course. 

Fees are refunded if a course is cancelled by Extended Learning.

2-3 business days after registering, you will receive an email from Extended Learning, extended.learning@dal.ca. It will include your login credentials for the online platform, Brightspace. All course materials, content and resources are housed in Brightspace.

You have the option to purchase a hardcopy booklet of the entire course. Upon checking out, under "other fees", choose 'Organic Vegetable Gardener', to add the booklet to your cart, and you will receive it in the mail within 7 business days of ordering.

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