Basic Berry Horticulture Course Second Cohort graduates

Publish Date: 
Mar 27, 2018

The Hartnell College Agricultural Business and Technology Institute, in partnership with Driscoll’s, is pleased to announce that 18 participants were recognized and issued Certificates of Achievement during the Certification Ceremony of the Farmworker Education and Advancement Program, Basic Berry Horticulture Course on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Hartnell College Alisal Campus.

The second cohort began on January 24, 2018 and concludes on March 21.  The participants were selected by their respective employers to participate in the course during a non-harvest timeframe of the berry-growing season. Their work experience ranges from irrigators, field technicians, crew leaders, supervisors, and field managers.

The course introduced participants to berry horticulture science and production practices and consisted of 72 hours of instruction (8 hours/week for 9 weeks) presented by bilingual academic and professional experts in agriculture science.  The course content was comprised of nine modules that introduced participants to plant physiology, plant production, soil concepts, irrigation, pest management, food safety practices, personnel management, compliance and business operation practices.  Ag-technical instruction was presented in Spanish with phonics, reading, basic writing, listening comprehension, communication and basic mathematics being integrated into course topics in English through contextualized learning. 

The Basic Berry Horticulture Course was made possible through the financial assistance from Driscoll’s and the State AB 104 Adult Education Block Grant funds. If you have any questions, contact Melissa Casillas, Director of Farmworker Education and Advancement, at or call 831-755-6861.