Organic Gardening & Farming Lectures, Demonstrations and Hands-on Experience at a Certified Organic Farm in Monroe, NC. Propagating Crops from Seed & Greenhouse Management- Covers seed biology, and the cultural requirements for germination. Learn desirable characteristics of propagation media, common container formats, types of plants that are sexually propagated, the rationale and associated costs and benefits of solar and conventional greenhouse structures, and the prevention/ management of common greenhouse pest and pathogens.
The greenhouse demonstration illustrates the way that air temperature, soil moisture, and air circulation are managed to create optimal environmental conditions for seed germination and seedling growth. Students will also be introduced to the steps used to prepare seedlings for field transplanting.
DEMONSTRATIONS & HANDS-ON EXERCISES: PROPAGATION MEDIA, SEED SOWING, TRANSPLANTING, IRRIGATION, AND SEEDLING DEVELOPMENT : The propagation demonstrations illustrate the techniques used to produce propagation media, sow seeds, transplant seedlings, and manage irrigation and seedling development.
For more information on the eleven core courses offered in the Learn & Grow program at Windcrest Farm, visit www.windcrestorganics.com