School of Fruit Growing

With a combination of up to 35 years’ experience on a wide variety of farms, FAST’s staff are ideally qualified to present these courses on how to grow soft/tree fruit successfully.

Our courses on Blueberries, Cane Fruit, Stone Fruit, Strawberries, and Top Fruit are developed for managers and technical staff in farms and businesses throughout the fruit industry.

The courses are grounded in sound scientific principles to give attendees a thorough understanding of the fruit production cycle and how soils, the environment, management practices and husbandry techniques influence the yield and quality. In depth explanations of the life cycles of the pests and diseases will enable course members to understand how current, and future control measures, can meet the objectives of growers and consumers.

As demand for UK fruit increases, the need to supply fruit over a longer season requires a good understanding of the influence on the different plant types, planting dates and growing systems for strawberries and blueberries, picking dates and storage conditions on top fruit quality and the production cycle and covering systems on yield and quality for stone fruit.

Modules would normally combine classroom and practical sessions at FAST’s Crop Technology Centre, Brogdale Farm, Faversham BUT FOR 2020/21 WE WILL BE PRESENTING THE COURSES ONLINE.

These modular courses run over 3 days (Strawberry), 1 day (Blueberry), 1 day (Cane Fruit), 5 days (Top Fruit) and 2.5 days (Stone).

Accreditation of the School of Fruit Growing by Canterbury Christ Church University allows attendees to gain credits towards higher education qualifications. An additional fee is payable and further details are available on request.

You can choose to take individual modules or book for the whole course. For further information on the modules – click here for the School of Fruit Growing Brochure.

For course dates and prices – Click here for booking form and dates.

Alternatively give us a call on 01795 533225 or please contact us.


I attended the FAST school of fruit growing held in November 2016. The four modules I attended were held in the FAST offices, which had a warm, relaxed feel to them. The course tutors were all very pleasant with much experience, and sharing that experience and knowledge never was a burden to them. The four modules were tailored to suit growers, ranging from the relative new comers to the top fruit sector, and indeed growers like myself of some 20 years. The course content stimulated interesting discussions between both growers and tutors alike, which demonstrates the level of thought that goes into deciding just what to include in each module. The course notes supplied with each module are well structured and full of comprehensive material which is both informative and easy to read. This was an opportunity to network with other professionals and growers, and discuss the top fruit industry in depth, and share ideas. I shall be returning for the winter pruning course to be held in December, such is my confidence in what FAST has to offer. In summary, Tim and the FAST team bring something very special to the top fruit sector. Well done.
Colin Pratt
Leckford Estate

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