Introduction to Small Farm Hydroponics & Farm Tour iCal

Saturday, November 10 2012 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Saturday, November 10, 2012
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County
417 Liberty Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527
 Penn Yan, NY – Hydroponic farming and aquaponic systems (growing both fish and produce) are thought by many to be a potentially sustainable method of small farm food production in New York. Facilities range from basic unheated high tunnels to computer-controlled greenhouses. With the opportunity to extend and shift growing seasons of many popular crops, greenhouse production could change the way consumers think about local food seasons in the Northeast. Hydroponics provides the most space-efficient way to grow vegetables in a controlled environment.
 Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario and Yates Counties are hosting a special introduction to agricultural hydroponics, featuring Dr. Melissa Brechner of Cornell’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Research Group. She will present the basics of how farm crops are grown without soil and which crops are particularly suited to hydroponic production. There will be an explanation of the most popular growing substrates, hydroponic systems, and specially-calibrated fertilizer solutions, with a focus on high-output greenhouse systems. The intricacies of aquaponic systems will be covered as well, helping producers make informed decisions about the merits of these systems. Following this half-day introduction and lunch, the class will travel to Seneca Breeze Berries, an outdoor hydroponic strawberry farm. Farm owners Paul and Kathy Cooley will explain how their stack-oriented production system works, with a behind-the-scenes look at the materials, operations, and markets for berries and other hydroponic produce. Questions and ideas about hydroponic production are welcome.
 This in-depth workshop is targeted to farm operators who are looking for solid and dependable information about hydroponic growing systems. Anyone with an interest in hydroponic or aquaponic food production is welcome to attend.
 The fee for workshop is $30.00 per person, which includes lunch, refreshments, and presenter materials; each additional person from the same farm is $20.00 per person.
 Register by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County: (315) 536-5123

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