Workshop: How to Start a Commercial Hydroponic Production Greenhouse

Hydroponic Production Short Course:
How to Start a Commercial Hydroponic Production Greenhouse
UConn Greenhouse Research and Extension Program
Saturday November 11, 2017- Storrs, CT

In this workshop attendees will learn how to establish and manage a hydroponic system. By the end of the workshop, attendees will know (1) basic greenhouse design, (2) basic components of hydroponic systems, (3) basic nutrient management of hydroponics greens and lettuce, and (4) how to develop a business management plan.

Who should attend: Individuals interested in starting a commercial hydroponic greenhouse. Basic knowledge in farming is required to take full advantage of this workshop.

Date:  November 11, 2017

Location: UConn Floriculture Greenhouse, Storrs, CT 06269

Address: 1395 Storrs Road, Storrs CT 06269  (Follow this link for parking information)

Organized by:  Rosa Raudales (860-486-6043, and Leanne Pundt (860-626-6855,

Registration: Program full- Registration is closed.


Time Description Speaker
9:30 – 9:50 AM Registration and Coffee
9:50 – 10:00 AM Welcome and Introductions Rosa Raudales
10:00 – 11:00 AM Basic Hydroponic Systems

The basic components of hydroponic systems are universal, learn the basics, and create your own design.

Rosa Raudales,

University of Connecticut

11:00 – Noon Greenhouse Design: Start Right, Grow Right

Proper greenhouse design can result in reduced energy costs, and improved crop growth.

John Bartok,

University of Connecticut

Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch
 1:00 – 2:00 PM Developing a business management plan

Start your business right. Learn how to develop a plan so your business succeeds over time.

Ariana Torres Bravo,

Purdue University

2:00 – 3:00 PM *Nutrition 101

Nutrient management is at the essence of success in hydroponics. Learn the basic concepts and nutrient management strategies.  

Juan Cabrera,

University of Connecticut

3:00 – 3:30 PM Demonstration Stations in the Greenhouse:

Seedling Production – Cora McGehee

Monitoring the nutrient solution – Juan Cabrera

Setting up a hydroponic system – Sohan Aziz

Daily maintenance of vine crops – Danny Katz

Cora McGehee, Juan Cabrera, Sohan Aziz, and Daniel Katz

University of Connecticut

* Credits for pesticide recertification will be provided (approval pending). 

This Program is Co-Sponsored by:

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture via the Specialty Crop Block Grant project#AG151260