Randolph Center, VT
Greenhouse Management and Technical Skills is designed to help farmers and gardeners understand best practices around production, protection, and propagation. Students will spend the first day learning about integrated pest management in a greenhouse and topics covered will range from sanitation, pest identification, disease diagnostics and disease control strategies. The second day will focus on greenhouse production of starter plants. Students will explore new frontiers in vegetable production by spending time in Vermont Tech’s tomato grafting lab and with a field trip to Cate Farm in East Montpelier. This course will be taught by adjunct faculty member, Christine Motyka.
This course is offered through the Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Tech. The Institute exists to support students, farmers and agricultural specialists with educational opportunities related to animals, plants, soils, food systems, sustainability, mechanical systems, and agriculture business management. These programs teach practical, hands-on techniques in diversified agriculture ranging from vegetable, fruit and berry production to dairy herd management to technical skills such as meat-cutting and welding. Vermont Tech is continually expanding the trainings being offered to meet agricultural workforce needs around the state.