Estimate time to complete (video+text): 5hrs 36min
A course for choosing crops
One of the most important decisions you’ll make as a farmer is what crop(s) you are going to grow.
As a hydroponic or aquaponic farmer, you’ll need to take many things into consideration when choosing your crop(s) including whether a crop has a high enough demand to be viable in your market, if it will grow in the system that suits your needs, if it’s appropriate for hydroponics or aquaponics at all, labor and expenses associated with the crop, your ability to stand out and compete with it, and much more.
If you’re a farmer getting ready to choose your crops, or even a farmer looking to change up or expand your current crop selection, this course is for you! It is so important to pick the right crops for your market! This course is here to guide you through that decision, time and time again.
What you’ll learn
By the end of this course, you’ll have a good understanding of the different crop choices you have available to you as a hydroponic or aquaponic farmer and how to grow them. Use this information to go forward with market research, business planning, and starting to test out and grow different crops.
In this course you’ll learn the following about the most common 1) greens, 2) herbs, 3) fruiting crops, and 4) specialty crops for hydroponics or aquaponics systems:
- Origin and history
- Common pests & diseases
- Nutrient requirements
- Ideal growing conditions (EC, pH, temperature, etc.)
- Growth cycles and timelines
- Planting, growing, and harvesting
- Which crops do and do not grow well together
- Flavor profile, culinary uses, and other selling points
- Markets and pricing
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This course is taught by Dr. Nate Storey and Amy Storey.
If you are still having a hard time deciding what crops to produce it could be worth it to check out our Ultimate Guide to Starting a Farm!
Want to learn on the go?
- Lesson 1: Greens 56min
- Lesson 2: Herbs 1hr 55min
- Lesson 3: Fruiting Crops 1hr 25min
- Lesson 4: Specialty Crops 1hr 4min