UF Plans Online Greenhouse Training Courses
What’s trending? Plants! What’s in short supply? Employees with horticulture education.
Growers are invited to train themselves or current employees with the University of Florida IFAS Extension’s award-winning online program. All Greenhouse Training Online courses are taught in English and Spanish, according to a news release from the University. The first course of the year, Greenhouse 101, starts on May 30, 2022. To register, visit http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/training/.
Each course is completely online and includes pre-recorded videos, an interactive discussion board with professors, supporting educational material and quizzes. The course material is available any time of the day, and two new modules are activated each week during the course for the four weeks of each course, for a total of eight learning modules. Experienced university instructors are available to help, and graduates receive a personalized certificate of completion. There is a course for every level of knowledge and skill.
Online course schedule for 2022:
|Greenhouse 101||May 30 – Jun 24||Jun 6||•||$249|
|Nutrient Management 1 (Introduction)||Jul 11 – Aug 5||Jul 18||••||$249|
|Nutrient Management 2 (Advanced)||Aug 22 – Sep 16||Aug 29||•••||$249|
|Disease Management||Sep 19 – Oct 14||Sep 26||••||$249|
|Weed Management||Oct 17 – Nov 11||Oct 24||••||$249|
|Hydroponic Vegetable Production||Oct 17 – Nov 11||Oct 24||••||$249|
|Irrigation Water Quality & Treatment||Nov 14 – Dec 16||Nov 21||•••||$249|
•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 formal training in horticulture. Topics included are plant parts, photosynthesis and growth, greenhouse technology, flowering, compactness, branching, irrigation, nutrition, and plant health.
So far, more than 3000 growers have successfully graduated from Greenhouse Training Online courses, with a 76% completion rate, according to the University. A 20% discount is offered for those registering five or more.
For more information about the courses and discounts for registration, write to [email protected].