· Held monthly at our Lodi, OH greenhouse facility
· Provides an introductory overview for growers of all levels
· Includes course materials, breakfast, and lunch each day
· Workshop cost is deducted from purchase price when a CropKing greenhouse package is purchased
What is a CropKing Introductory Grower Workshop?
The CropKing Grower Workshop is a two-day program that incorporates teaching and demonstration to provide participants with a clearer understanding of controlled environment vegetable production systems. The workshop includes classroom presentations by Jim Brown and other key members of our sales and technical team as well as the opportunity to become familiar with hydroponic growing systems in a controlled environment greenhouse. Participants will learn about CropKing's vine and leafy crop production systems as well as being introduced to the central elements of hydroponic greenhouse design and management.
Who can benefit from attending?
The program is designed for the prospective or novice greenhouse vegetable grower as well as anyone interested in commercial hydroponic production. This workshop can be an invaluable opportunity for those contemplating investing in a hydroponic vegetable greenhouse. For those who purchase a CropKing greenhouse package, the workshop cost is deducted from the purchase price. Additionally, early stage managers or growers of a CropKing greenhouse will both gain valuable information to assist them in enhancing their current management. The workshop is designed to integrate technical teaching with demonstrations and time spent with the growing systems in a commercial scale hydroponic greenhouse. Our goal is to provide you with key information about the structures, the systems, and the plants and present you with the practical basics of how these elements integrate in greenhouse vegetable production.
What information is covered in the workshop?
An introduction to greenhouse and hydroponic systems and plants as well as the cropping practices that take place in these systems are the main topics of our workshop. Several types of soilless culture are covered with the primary focus on the Perlite and Rockwool systems for vine crops and NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) for leaf crops. The crops discussed include lettuce, herbs, cucumber, and tomato with tomatoes and lettuce used as the model crops for vine and leafy crop production. The Workshop consists of two full days, breakfast and lunch included, that integrate classroom instruction and demonstrations as well as time spent in a hydroponic greenhouse. The schedule below describes how these topics are covered in both lecture and in-greenhouse presentations. The small group size in each Workshop allows ample time for questions and personal attention from the instructors, especially in the time spent in the greenhouse.
The total tuition fee for the workshop is $595.00. Your spouse or associate may attend the same workshop at no additional charge. A third or fourth participant may attend for a charge of $250.00 per person. Should you need to cancel your reservation; the tuition will be applied towards a future workshop. All other expenses, including travel and lodging are the responsibility of each participant. Casual dress is appropriate for the workshop. Recording the workshop is not permitted, however photographs may be taken in the greenhouse.
Example Workshop Schedule
• Introduction to CropKing
• Hydroponics – What and Why?
• Basics of Greenhouse Systems and Equipment
• Growing Media
• Basic Botany
• Vine Crop System
• Discussion of Design and Structure in a Hydroponic Vegetable Greenhouse
• Introduction to Leafy and Vine Crop Production
• Basics of Maintaining a Greenhouse Environment
• Plant Nutrition
• Overview of Hydroponic Businesses and the CropKing Business Plan
• Introduction to Integrated Pest Management
• Source Water Testing**
• Fertilizer and Solution Management
• Leafy Crop System
• Vine Crop Management
• Transplanting and Harvesting of NFT lettuce crops
• Discussion with a Commercial Grower
**Bring ~16 ounces of your source water, if available