UC Davis Extension Principles of Pomology Course February and March 2018

UC Davis Extension Principles of Pomology Course

February 19 -23 and Feb 26-March 1

This is an excellent hands-on course for beginning and experienced fruit growers. Many of you would be eligible for a scholarship because they target small farms and new farmers with less than 3 years of experience. It is a competitive process as the number is limited, but if you are interested, please apply and get in touch with me to let me know or if you have questions about applying.


Understanding the fundamentals of tree biology is essential to making sound orchard management and business decisions in the tree fruit and nut industry. This course incorporates lecture, lab exercises, and field demonstrations to provide information on all aspects of basic plant biology and the relationship between plant biology and orchard management.


During the first week of the course (February 19 – February 23), leaders in tree crop research from the University of California will provide lectures on tree growth, development and pruning, dormancy and chilling, flowering, pollination and fruit set. There will also be field excursions for hands-on field exercises and demonstrations.

The optional second week (February 26 –March 1) is a four day field tour through tree fruit and nut growing regions in Northern and Central California. The field tour includes visits to current UC experiments, processing facilities, and orchards with a wide range of tree fruit and nut crops.


This course is designed for tree fruit and nut growers and professionals and also for those with small acreage farms or new to the fruit and nut business. 

Attendees receive a certificate after completing the course. The fee is $2,850 for the entire course (plus the lodging cost for the field trips), or $1,850 for the first week only. A scholarship is available for small scale and new California growers. Please visithttp://fruitandnuteducation.ucdavis.edu/education/principles/  for more information on the program and to register. Please contact the Fruit and Nut Research Center at fruitsandnuts@ucdavis.edu  or 530-754-9708 if you have any questions.



Cindy Fake

Horticulture and Small Farms Advisor

University of California Cooperative Extension

Placer & Nevada Counties

11477 E Avenue, Auburn, CA 95603





Serving the commercial farmers of Placer and Nevada Counties