The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is once again providing four-week online training courses for the greenhouse industry this summer. The first course of the year, Greenhouse 101, starts on June 1, 2020. Click here to register.
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.
The online course schedule for 2020 includes:
- Greenhouse 101 (June 1-26)
- Nutrient Management 1 (Introduction) (July 6-31)
- Advanced Nutrient Management (Aug. 31-Sept. 25)
- Disease Management (Sept. 28-Oct. 23)
- Weed Management (Oct. 26-Nov. 20)
- Hydroponic Vegetable Production (new) (Nov. 9-Dec. 11)
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.
This year also 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.