By Tom Dudek
Senior Extension Horticulture/ Marketing Educator
MSU Extension-Ottawa County
A new training opportunity will be available to entry-level, Spanish-speaking greenhouse workers employed in floriculture operations in Michigan in December. According to Michigan State University Extension, The Basics of Floriculture Crop Production will be offered in Spanish at the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo at the Devos Place downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015.
This two-hour educational session will be taught by Roberto Lopez, floriculture extension specialist at Purdue University’s Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department. Lopez has designed this entry-level presentation for workers that need the fundamentals of greenhouse crop production. Topics will include watering, fertility, substrate pH and EC, plant growth regulators and management of light and temperature. The importance of each parameter and effects on overall crop quality will be shared in this session.
I encourage all greenhouse growers send any Spanish-speaking workers to this program that they want to help improve or enhance their skills.. Registration details and the full program is available at Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo website.
The same program will be offered Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. in English by Lopez.