Finding trained producers is a major challenge for our industry. Your best investment is in developing your own workers to make better crop management decisions by learning the horticultural science behind plant growth. Greenhouse 101 is a great introduction to the Greenhouse Training Online program offered by the University of Florida’s IFAS extension. It is designed for people without formal training in horticulture who work in the greenhouse or nursery industry, or those wishing to join the horticulture industry. Topics covered are parts and functions of plants, photosynthesis and growth, greenhouse technology, flowering, compactness and branching, irrigation, nutrition and plant health. The course is offered in English and Spanish.
Join over 870 growers who have graduated from Greenhouse 101 since 2015 in our award-winning program and receive a personalized certificate of completion. Rated 4.4 stars out of 5 by participating producers.
The course runs from May 30 to June 25, 2021. The cost is $249 per participant, with a 20% discount if you enroll 5 or more. All course material is fully online and available at any time of the day, and includes pre-recorded videos, an interactive discussion forum with PhD professors, and quizzes. Two new modules are activated each week during the course, for a total of 8 learning modules. Teaching is self-paced and self-paced over the 4 week course, with a typical time commitment of approximately 5 hours per week. Students praise this methodology: “The ability to take classes at your own pace was new to me and was greatly appreciated.” Click here to register (http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/training/).