The Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course will be held at the Westward Look Resort, Tucson, between 4-8 April 2011. The Short Course is an extension service of the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC), which supports education, research and outreach programs. The Short Course starts with greenhouse basics, including structures and designs, site selection, environmental control, nutrient and irrigation management, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices. It then progresses to greenhouse applications: a look at growing systems and the crops they support, and enhancing produce quality. Aquaponic topics are also included in the program, including an overview of aquaponics, water chemistry, and the nitrogen cycle.
The program includes hands-on workshops and demonstrations at the CEAC teaching and research facilities at the University of Arizona. Delegates can choose two hands-on workshops from what’s on offer. Workshop topics include the basics of irrigation, tomato crop maintenance using high wire systems, growing lettuce and herbs in a floating system or ebb and flood benches, and sensors and control basics.
The final day offers an optional commercial greenhouse tour to Sunizona Family Farms located in Willcox, Arizona. As the name suggests, this farm is a family run business that has been around for 12 years. The operation features greenhouses that harvest tomatoes, lettuce, herbs, squash, melons and pumpkins.
For further information & registration contact:
Connie Hackathorn at CEAC
Ph: +1 (520) 626-9566