Horticultural Production | Assiniboine Community College

Horticultural Production

Duration/Start: 1 year / September and January

Credential: Certificate

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Learn the totality of food production while studying in our sustainable greenhouse at the North Hill campus. Focus your interests on three key sectors: fruits and vegetables, greenhouse production and nurseries.

Learn in a state-of-the-art sustainable 3,300 square foot greenhouse that brings together solar powered, energy efficient growth solutions, plus a 3.2 acre grow plot and teaching orchard. Be part of a field to fork approach when you grow and cultivate the food used in our Culinary Arts and Hotel and Restaurant Management programs.

Student and instructor doing test in greenhouse.

Participate in pioneering research projects and help find ways to improve greenhouse management and food production. Our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) course examines the most modern biological controls in food growth with an aim to reduce chemical interventions for controlling pests.

Create your own customized soil and compost. Grow unusual food plants such as fenugreek, Malabar spinach and Jamaican thyme. Diagnose and treat plant diseases. Improve drainage systems and learn how to increase food production via microclimate studies. Discover how the art of budding and grafting changes the face and function of trees.

Fast Facts

Duration/Start 1 year / September and January

Credential Certificate

Credits 63.00

Optional Exit No

Co-op Work Placement No

Distance Delivery No

International Students Yes

Study Options
On Campus
Open to International Students

Why choose Horticultural Production?

You’ll get your hands dirty with exposure to greenhouse and field production. Focus is on production horticulture (fruits and vegetables, greenhouse, nursery and ornamentals) with an emphasis on food safety and security, innovation and sustainability, as well as a strong applied research component. 

Training combined with co-operative work experience results in grads with strong technical skills in production horticulture and business basics. 

Your training allows you to work in rural or urban settings, with opportunities in government, the private sector, education and industry. Jobs are available in greenhouses and nurseries, food production and processing, applied research, public parks and landscaping. Many grads also begin their careers as owners and operators.

Graduates may continue their studies at the diploma or degree level.

ACC research to focus on greenhouse models & northern food security

Researchers at the college are moving forward with a new research initiative to explore greenhouse production and the impact it has on food security in northern climates.

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