GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The most requested course by participants of the award-winning Greenhouse Online Training program from University of Florida IFAS Extension is here! Learn to manage different hydroponics systems, as well as the fundamentals of climate, water, nutrition, and plant health in these systems. This intermediate course is designed for growers with some experience and training. Topics covered include hydroponics growing systems and structures, specific vegetable crop examples, business management, and food safety. The course is offered in English and Spanish.
The course is taught by a team of instructors from the University of Florida and Cornell University, which include Bob Hochmuth, Assistant Center Director for the UF/IFAS North Florida Research & Education Center at Live Oak and Regional Specialized Extension Agent for commercial vegetable crops, and Tatiana Sanchez Commercial Horticulture Agent for UF/IFAS in Alachua County. Bob and Tatiana along with other extension staff, collaborate to teach hands-on courses on hydroponics at the UF Small Farms Academy, a popular Extension program hosted at Live Oak since 2009. These popular hands-on trainings have been enjoyed by over 1,000 attendees from 20 states in the United States as well as 8 other countries.
The course runs from November 9 to December 11, 2020 (with a week break for the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States) and includes a personalized certificate of completion. The cost is $US199 per participant, with discounts if you register 5 or more. The last day to register is November 16, 2020. Over the 4 weeks of the course, there are streaming video lessons, readings, and assignments (about 3-4 hours total commitment per week), which can be accessed at any time of day. Click here to register (http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/training/).
–Maria Paz Kinslow, UF/IFAS