Otago Polytechnic

Introduction to cherry growing short course

This weekend course is designed for those wanting to begin the development of a commercial cherry orchard.

A great starting point for anyone wanting to invest or enter this exciting industry, it involves workshop sessions, discussions, field trips and hands-on advice from a cherry grower.


This is a two-day weekend course (start dates to be confirmed). It will start at 9.00am and finish at 4.00pm each day. 

  • Commercial cherry production
  • Budgets as applied to cherries
  • Cherry statistics
  • Soils and fertilisers
  • Irrigation
  • Canopy management
  • Risk management
  • Markets
  • Planting plans.
For more information

Please contact Jo.Wakelin@op.ac.nz or Alex.Huffadine@op.ac.nz or phone 0800 765 9276.

To enrol

Please complete the short course enrolment form and return to our Central Otago campus.

For help with enrolments, please contact Barbara.Emmitt@op.ac.nz


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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