What does a Agriculture - Fruit Grower (640F) do?

Fruit Growers prepare land for planting by laying out a land use plan, analyzing soil, tilling the soil, and planting or transplanting fruit trees and vines. They are also responsible for irrigating, weeding, fertilizing, pruning, and training plants to ensure maximum growth and harvest yields.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Collecting soil samples to identify diseases and determine soil fertility
  • Reading and interpreting land preparation documents to complete land preparation plan
  • Tilling uncultivated or existing land and preparing for planting
  • Planting, grafting, transplanting, and staking/trellising fruit trees and vines
  • Selecting and effectively using disease, weed control, and drainage techniques
  • Safely operating variety of farm equipment and tools, including specialized pruning and spraying equipment
  • Observing and monitoring plant growth and pruning/thinning effects; making appropriate adjustments
  • Harvesting, grading, and storing fruit crops
  • Acquiring thorough knowledge of relevant government regulations and environmental protocols

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma with math and English credits; Horticulture and Landscaping Specialist High Skills Major program may be asset
  • Completion of a 6,000-hour apprenticeship, including a combination of on-the-job and in-school training

What's Your Future as a Agriculture - Fruit Grower (640F)?

  • Seasonal indoor and outdoor work; many hours during planting and harvesting seasons
  • Employers include farms, agribusinesses, vineyards, or self-employment

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified growers earn an average of $24.48-$43.27 per hour. Benefits and production bonuses are possible.

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Agriculture-Fruit Grower (640F)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have a valid driver’s license?
Are you able to work indoors and outdoors? Are you comfortable working at all heights?
Do you enjoy learning about plant material, cultivating techniques and theory and putting that knowledge to use?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Are you able to lift more than 50lbs? Are you able to stand or sit for long periods of time?
Are you detail-oriented? Do you have the ability to work closely with others?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision? Can you start and finish work on time?


If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as an Agriculture-Fruit Grower (640F) may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Arborist
  • Industrial Woodworker
  • Horticultural Technician

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