At the end of the course you will have evidence-based ideas about potential crops for use in vertical farming, the costs involved and the yield potential of these crops in their specific farming systems.
About the course
Effective climate control demands in depth knowledge of plant physiology. HAS green academy has more than 5 years experience in successfully growing crops in climate chambers exclusively lit by LED. We now offer an online course to share this knowledge and experience with professionals from horticulture and related industries with special interest in vertical or city farming.
Result after the course
About the course
Content of the course
The online course consists of 10 modules. The course is flexible and is offered as individual modules in English, therefore it is possible to adapt the course to suit your needs and time schedule.
Module 1: Introduction.
This module describes vertical farming, where it can be found and what is and can be produced using this method.
Module 2: Water and nutrients.
This module focuses on the importance of water quality and how to prepare fertiliser solutions.
Module 3: Soil and substrate.
In this module the many soil and substrate types are described.
Module 4: Seeds, cuttings and getting started.
Focus is on the quality of seeds and propagation material, how to initiate and spatially position your crop in order to have a perfect cultivation start.
Module 5: Photosynthesis.
Light is the most expensive of all factors involved in growth and understanding photosynthesis helps to use it in the most effectively.
Module 6: Respiration.
Plants make sugars from light, but most of the sugar is used for energy storage. Plants release energy in the form of respiration, which occurs at a later stage. This enables the plant to use the energy for growth.
Module 7: Transpiration.
Transpiration is evidently very important for plants, and is more than just a plant cooling system.
Module 8: Temperature, humidity and CO2 control.
Module 9: Light.
The main subject during this module is how to manage light in a closed system.
Module 10: Crops, varieties and yield potential.
This course is for people who are involved in plant production all over the world and want to learn more about growing without daylight, e.g. people active in the horticultural sector, crop managers / specialists, propagators and teachers (bachelor level).
This online course is developed by experienced HAS lecturers.
Each module consists of short lectures, a platform to chat with fellow course members, knowledge tests and assignments. You must first pass the test at the end of each module, before you can continue with the next module.
What do you need to enroll in this course? And what else is good to know?
Good to know
Start and course dates
You can take the online course Growing without daylight at any time you want. The total course takes about 30 hours and could be completed in 2 months.
To enroll in this online course you must have:
- Bachelor level work experience in the horticulture industry, or;
- A bachelor's degree in biology or related sciences.
Completion of the course
After successfully completing the course you will receive a certificate of participation from HAS green academy.
- Date of commencement
- Course price
- Total price
All amounts mentioned are excluding VAT. Training costs, including course material, are exempt from VAT. All other costs are charged with 9% VAT.
The basic course is included.
Any bank/administration fees are for your own account.
For this course you can apply for STAP budget: a grant of €1.000 from the government.