Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Welcome to my new blog!  As the CSU Extension Regional Specialist for Greenhouse and Nurseries, I have had the opportunity to interact with many growers across the state.  In the last year I've observed a sharp peak in interest in small-scale controlled environment agriculture in Colorado.  "Controlled Environment" agriculture, what is that?!  Basically, anything that manipulates the natural environment in order to grow plants falls under this term.  Greenhouses, season extension techniques, hydroponics and aquaponics are all examples.
This blog will be a place to showcase all the exciting projects in Colorado!  Look for upcoming posts on a community aquaponics project; a food production workshop using greenhouses, hydroponics and aquaponics that I'm hosting in Longmont in July; school greenhouse projects in the Roaring Fork Valley; and an urban farm in the Denver Public School system!

Food Production Workshop-Greenhouses, Hydroponics & Aquaponics

Thanks for a great workshop!

Saturday July 10th, 9am-4pm
Location: Boulder County Parks and Open Space Office (click for map)
Workshop Description:
Introduction to small-scale and community greenhouse, hydroponics and aquaponic systems
Greenhouse designs suitable for Colorado
Passive solar season extension techniques
Water quality with hands on water quality testing
Fish selection, health and maintenance
Plants to grow in aquaponics
In addition, aquaponics system construction will be included so you can see how to build a personal-sized system.
You will leave the workshop with information, plans and resources for building scalable greenhouse, hydroponics & aquaponics systems.
Meals: Please bring a sack lunch and a reusable water bottle.  Snacks will be provided
Cost:  $40 for the entire day; check or cash accepted on-site
Workshop is hosted by CSU Extension and Colorado Aquaponics.