February 22-23, 2016 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This course looks at innovative, cutting edge practices being used to grow year-round in cold climates like Vermont. The course is perfect for commercial growers, gardeners, and novice entrepreneurs. The first part of the course will focus on four key principles: growing the right crops, planting them at the right time, proper plant management, and harvesting the crops for maximum yield. The second day of the course will look on various ways to heat greenhouses using alternative energy. We will visit farms using alternative heating methods for winter growing including the VTC Anaerobic Digester.
The course will dive into production, covering crop plants to soil fertility management. Greenhouse structures and management will be discussed, from site location to row covers and venting. Students will look at the financials of growing greens in the winter. Annual use and crop planning for your greenhouse will give participants a big picture view on growing in greenhouses in cold climates year round.