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Want to learn on the go or offline? This PDF contains all of the text lessons from our Hydroponic & Aquaponic Crops course. Download this PDF to read offline or print to keep in the farm for reference. Use this for learning on the go but make sure to return to the online course and watch the video before you complete any assignments
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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