Learning Opportunity: University of Florida Greenhouse Training Courses Kick Off June 3


Shortages of trained labor are challenging for all growers. Today’s greenhouse production methods are increasingly technical, and staff need to know the why of their day-to-day work. Providing young employees with professional development opportunities is also a great way to increase staff retention.

To meet these needs, University of Florida IFAS Extension (UF/IFAS) has an award-winning program called Greenhouse Training Online, where all courses are taught in English and Spanish. The first of eight courses of the year, Greenhouse 101, starts on June 3, 2024.

Thanks to a very generous gift by Ken and Deena Altman, and an education grant from the American Floral Endowment, this year UF has added three new courses to the program. “Success with your Latino Workforce,” taught by Dr. Claudio Pasian, will improve positive and effective communication with your Latino/Hispanic co-workers. Dr. Carrie Harmon is offering two new courses on plant pathology (“Field Diagnosis for Disease Management” and “Practical Disease Management”) which both count towards a Plant Health Professional Certificate.

Each course is completely online, and includes pre-recorded videos, an interactive discussion board with PhD professors, helpful resources, and quizzes. Course material is available any time of the day, with two new modules added each week over the four weeks of each course, for a total of eight learning modules. Experienced university instructors are available to help, and graduates receive a personalized certificate of completion from UF/IFAS. There are courses for every level of knowledge and experience. To register, visit http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/training/, or watch this YouTube video for details.

Participants average 80% completion rate and provide enthusiastic reviews. UF also offers a 20% discount when you register five or more staff. For more information, including discounts for multiple registrations, email [email protected].

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