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Growing & System Science

These courses cover topics relating to the science behind your system and how to grow produce in a variety of ways.

 

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DWC

1031: Aquaponic DWC: Design & Economics

Aquaponic systems are appealing for so many reasons - they’re interesting and fun to work with, they add marketing value to your business, they can be organic, and so on. But what happens when you decide you want to grow aquaponically? Well, naturally the next step is to design your system.. And that’s where the nerves come in...This webinar course will serve to reduce some of that intimidation factor, which helping you gain a better understanding of aquaponic farm economics and showing you how to design your own aquaponics farm.

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Bato Buckets

1032: Bato Buckets & Vine Crop Production

Bato buckets are popular hydroponic system for growing vining crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, etc. Whether they're your stand-alone growing method, or a supplementary system, they make a great addition to any farm.

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Understanding ZipGrow

1033: Understanding ZipGrow

When you're looking to start an Upstart Farm, a business plan is essential. It doesn't matter if you've got a backyard farm or tens of thousands of square feet in a warehouse - a business plan will guide and define your efforts.

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Humidity Management

1090: Humidity Management: Tools & Tech for Indoor Growers

This course is going to first help you understand the issue of humidity by explaining what humidity is and how it affects your plants. This will provide you with the basis you need to make informed humidity management decisions based on your environment. Then, we’ll dive into the solutions - humidity management tools and technology that will help you save on energy and avoid crop loss.

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HVAC Design

1091: HVAC Design for Indoor Growers

This course will introduce HVAC design concepts and systems used for managing the climate of an indoor growing operation, including information on systems, sizing, designs, costs, and more.

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2000: Seeds & Seedlings

In this course, learn everything from seed anatomy, sourcing, and storage, to optimal growth practices, storage, and transplantation for seedlings.

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Insect Pest Management

2010: Insect Pest Management

Understanding how to properly manage insect pest problems on your farm will help you be successful and profitable. In this course, learn insect ecology, management and applications.

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2020: Plant Pathology for Upstart Farmers

This course will explain how pathogens function in an ecology, what pathogens are and what makes one different from another, what they do in your farm, control methods, and some common pathogens and their controls.

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USU 1030

2030: Intro to Hydroponics

Ready to learn how to grow hydroponically? Here's an intro to hydroponics with Dr. Nate Storey. We strongly recommend that every USU complete this course before moving on to higher level course work.

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2040: Hydroponic Nutrients & Fertilizers

Properly understanding how nutrients and fertilizers work in a hydroponic system, as well as how to mix and manage them, is vital to your farm's success. This course provides a variety of visual explanations and demonstrations of hydroponic nutrients and fertilizers to help you master this important concept.

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Foundations of Aquaponics

2050: Foundations of Aquaponics

This course provides all of the initial information necessary to begin to dive into the art and science of aquaponics on a deeper level. This course is a great starting point for anyone, regardless of their education or experience level.

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4000: Lighting for Upstart Farmers

Light and lighting is hugely important for planning your vertical farm. Learn the fundamentals of lighting for Upstart Farmers in this course.

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Aquaponic System Design – Mini Course

The Aquaponic System Design Course exists to give people the theoretical, scientific and practical basis for designing, starting and managing aquaponic systems of all sizes.

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Hydroponic Substrate Selection

Hydroponic Substrate Selection – Mini Course

Hydroponic medium & substrate selection is one of the most important grower decisions! We teamed up with indoor agriculture experts Chris Higgins from Hort Americas and Farmer Tyler for our UpstartWebinar: "Hydroponic Substrate Selection: Which Medium is Right for You?" to dive deep into specific considerations on substrate selection in order to help you make an informed decision about your growing medium. Now, we're making this awesome webinar available to you as an official Upstart U course.

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Intro to Aquaponics

Intro to Aquaponics – Mini Course

This course focuses on how things work in aquaponic systems, why they work that way, and what this means for your decision to go with hydroponics or aquaponics.

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Understanding LEDs

LED Lighting for Indoor Farmers – Mini Course

Whether you're growing indoors or just providing supplemental lighting for the plants in your greenhouse, LED lighting should be on your radar. We teamed up with the experts at LumiGrow, a California-based manufacturer of smart horticultural lighting solutions, to bring you a webinar on LED Lighting for Indoor Farmers on January 14th, 2016. Now, we're making this awesome webinar available to you as an official USU course.

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