University of Florida announces 2020 Greenhouse Training Online courses, including new hydroponics course

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Your best return on investment to ensure a knowledgeable workforce is through online training of existing staff. University of Florida IFAS Extension provides four-week, award-winning, online training courses in English and Spanish. The first course of the year, Greenhouse 101, starts on June 1, 2020. To register, visit http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/training/.

Each course is completely online, and includes streaming videos, readings, and assignments. They are available any time of the day, and new modules are activated each week during the course. Experienced university instructors are available for help and interactive discussions. Graduates receive a personalized certificate of completion.

Online course schedule for 2020:

CourseDatesRegistration ClosesLevel*
Greenhouse 101Jun 1 – Jun 26Jun 8
Nutrient Management 1 (Introduction)Jul 6 – Jul 31Jul 13••
Advanced Nutrient ManagementAug 31 – Sep 25Sep 7•••
Disease ManagementSep 28 – Oct 23Oct 5••
Weed ManagementOct 26 – Nov 20Nov 2••
Hydroponic Vegetable Production (NEW!)Nov 9 – Dec 11Nov 16 ••

*Level
• Introductory: Practical experience but without formal horticultural science education
•• Intermediate: Some experience and training, or entry university level
••• Advanced: Experienced, well-trained grower, or upper university level

Greenhouse 101 teaches the underlying horticultural science of plant growth to growers who lack a formal training in horticulture. Topics covered are plant parts and functions, photosynthesis and growth, greenhouse technology, flowering, compactness and branching, irrigation, nutrition, and plant health.

Join the over 2000 growers who have successfully graduated from Greenhouse Training Online courses. We have a 78% completion rate, and our participants provide positive reviews: “Thanks for the opportunity to
continue each of our educations with a realistic and flexible program to successfully complete while working full time”, “Courses are very well crafted by growers for growers.”

This year features a new, highly requested course, Hydroponic Vegetable Production. This intermediate course will teach the different hydroponic systems for vegetable production, as well as fundamentals of climate, water, nutrition, and plant health.

For more information, including discounts for registering multiple staff: greenhousetraining@ifas.ufl.edu.

For a video description of our courses, watch our YouTube video.

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