PCA Nth American Greenhouse Study Tour

Study Tour 2009

Study Tour 2009

Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) Chairman, Graeme Smith, will lead a North American Greenhouse Study Tour from 1-17 October 2014. The tour includes visits to hydroponic, greenhouse and aquaponic farms, and technical research centres. The package also includes two full days at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference, featuring lectures, workshops, farm tour and over 300 trade booths.

Among the highlights will be a tour of Howelings Oxnard Nursery, a showcase for the future of sustainable agriculture. Built at a cost of US$53.25 million, these 2 x 20-acre Kubo Ultra-Clima greenhouses were opened in 2009. Production increased 50%, water consumption decreased 66%, and run-off was eliminated by recycling the nutrient solution. More than 50% of energy requirements are generated from a five-acre solar panel system.


  • Vancouver—Chilliwack, Abbottsford and Richmond Delta site visits
  • Montreal—Commercial greenhouse rooftops
  • Niagara Falls—Canadian Greenhouse Conference
  • Harrow—Greenhouse research station
  • Edmonton—Greenhouse and aquaponic site visits
  • Mexico City—Queretaro, Irapuato, Ajuchitlán greenhouse site visits
  • Los Angeles—Beverly Hills and Howelings Oxnard Nursery, Camarillo

The package cost is AU$6245 per person for full and affiliate members of Protected Cropping Australia ($6745 for non-members), plus $1075 for single supplement. The package includes Qantas return airfare and all transfers, twin-share accommodation, all breakfasts and some dinners, state-of-the-art site visits and tour guides, and two full days at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference.

The Tour Leader, Graeme Smith, is a highly regarded consultant for a diverse range of hydroponic and greenhouse crops, across many climates. Originally a tomato grower, Graeme has hosted several overseas study tours to Europe and North America.

To register, contact: Graeme Smith Ph: 0427 339 009; Email: graeme@graemesmithconsulting.com; or PCA, Ph: 02 9905 6633, Email: admin@protectedcropingaustralia.com; Website: www.protectedcroppingaustralia.com

Posted 19 March 2014