This course covers the design and use of enclosed structures to manipulate controlled environments, effects on growth as applied to crops, production and marketing crops.
Intended for those going into or already in the professional greenhouse industry, much of the time online requires study of greenhouse structures, heating systems, plant nutrition, soil media formulation, and pest management. Offline activities will include greenhouse site visits and some soil testing as well as problem sets requiring math skills. The course is not directed toward the hobby grower.
Textbook and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Greenhouse Operation and Management, 7th Ed.
Nelson, Paul V.
My current position in the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department at Colorado State University is that of extension specialist and professor of floriculture. I have held this position since September 1994.
At Colorado State I have program responsibilities for commercial greenhouse production. By partnering with county faculty with similar responsibilities, I maintain a series of educational programs targeting commercial greenhouse growers based on an established needs assessment plan. Those efforts have developed in more recent years into a series of programs co-sponsored by cooperative extension and commodity groups. These collaborative programs are formulated with industry input and utilize recognized speakers, in and out-of-state, to provide the best educational opportunities in the Rocky Mountain west for green industry professionals. Delivery mechanisms for these programs have included traditional classroom seating as well as online courses, compressed video, and multi-site presentations.