Hydroponics can simply be said to be the process used to grow plants without soil. It literally means ‘working water’. The grower is taking ‘control’ of the plant's root environment, and losing the benefit of 'mother nature's' finely-tuned mechanisms which normally control that part of the plant's environment.
A hydroponic grower provides the optimal levels of food and water that plants need for growth in the form of nutrient solutions. They can also control the environment in a variety of ways to influence plant growth, such as by providing artificial light, humidity, or by manipulating temperatures.
Hydroponics is not an easier way to grow plants, it is a more controlled way of growing plants.
In this Hydroponic Farming certificate program you will:
To provide a sound basis of knowledge in horticultural principles as they apply to the culture, use and management of plants in various production situations.
To provide new and existing employees who are unable to undertake on-campus training with the opportunity to gain appropriate knowledge in the field of plant culture, use, and management.
To prepare employees for supervisory and managerial positions in the field of plant culture, use and management.
To provide horticultural business owners/operators (or those contemplating ownership) with appropriate training to apply technical skills to the management of the physical, financial, and human resources in which they have made, or will make, a substantial investment.
To provide an understanding of modern technology and its application to growing plants, with the emphasis being placed on hydroponics production of commercially valuable plants.