The series is led by the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center (SVAEC) in affiliation with the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension program.
The mission of the Small Farms Academy is to provide exceptional, hands-on educational programming to support the hydroponic and protected agriculture industry in the southeastern United States and to increase the availability of locally grown, fresh produce in that region.
So far, the events scheduled for the 2017 portion of the series are:
- January 31 — Nutrient and Water Management for Protected Agriculture Systems: includes hands-on lab sessions, plant nutrition, mixing your own fertilizer, meters and equipment
- February 15 —Transplant Workshop: from seed to healthy transplant, succession planting and crop scheduling
- March 13–14 or March 17–18—“Starting a Successful Hydroponic Business”: a two-day hydroponic short course that covers structures, media, systems, traditional and specialty crops and much more!
Bob Hochmuth, regional Extension agent at the SVAEC, says, “We will be having these workshops on a monthly basis. So anyone that’s interested in greenhouse and hydroponic vegetable production, by all means contact us and look on our Small Farms Academy website for the next upcoming event.”
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