So you want to be an urban ag star?

Are you interested in ‘bumping up’ your capacity to grow food as an urban Aggie?  Are you feeling challenged by Florida’s ‘soils’, weather and lack of space? Well, there is a workshop for you!  Yes, come learn about two of the more popular trends in urban Ag, i.e., hydroponics and container food growing.

Hydroponics is the growing of food crops with a nutrient solution and inert media but no soil. Hydroponic units are now popular and affordable for small food producers, both backyard and market gardeners. Container growing is also gaining popularity due to many benefits, such as excellent use of small and diverse areas, and reduction of soil pests and limitations.

This class will provide an introduction to the basics of hydroponic and container food growing.  Demonstrations and hands–on activities will be included.

The topics to be covered include:

  • Introduction to the six basic hydroponic systems
  • Traditional and new container products
  • Systems for cool and warm seasons
  • Organic versus conventional nutrition systems
  • Selection of hydroponic and container crops

The details of this workshop are as follows:

Name: Small Scale Hydroponic and Container Food Growing

Date: July 16, 2016

Time: 1 am to 4 pm

Location: Sarasota County Extension, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota (i.e., inside Twin Lakes Park)

Cost:  $10

Registration:  online at sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu (go to the Events Calendar)

Registration fee must be paid before the workshop – either online or at the Sarasota County Extension office.

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