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Posts from the ‘Workshops’ Category

Announcing our new Controlled Environment Agriculture experience!

image2aA lot has happened here at Growers Supply since our last blog post. For one thing, a new year is now upon us, and in the transition from 2015 to 2016, we took a deep dive into our Controlled Environment Agriculture schools with one major question in mind, “How can we improve the overall CEA learning experience for our guests?” Read more

CEA School 2015: Same School, New Style

Presentations at CEA SchoolAs an industry leader in controlled environment agriculture (CEA), our mission is to provide solutions, knowledge and key insights of climate controlled agriculture. One of the ways that we accomplish this is through our CEA schools, which we host on a monthly basis at our company headquarters in South Windsor, Connecticut and our manufacturing facility in Dyersville, Iowa. We have proudly hosted hundreds of aspiring and experienced growers at this three-day educational event, which started in 2013. Thanks to the customer feedback we have received from each school, we have made some new and exciting changes for our 2015 schools. Read more

CEA School: Molding the Minds of Aspiring Growers…and Employees

Technology Center East Lettuce Growing Controlled EnvironmentOur most recent CEA school provided a great opportunity for our attendees, and myself, to learn the ins and outs of controlled environment agriculture. I am new to FarmTek and have been working here for just about a month, and while I moved here from a small town in New Hampshire, I truthfully have very limited agricultural and farming knowledge. The most I could tell you about farming prior to this is that cows have dry tongues, and catching loose chickens is a tougher task than you originally think. However, after being given the opportunity to sit in on the majority of lectures at our most recent CEA school here at Technology Center East, I, like all of our attendees, have gained a lot of knowledge and interest in the previously mysterious topic of controlled environment agriculture. Read more

Photo Blog: FarmTek’s First-Ever CEA School at Technology Center East

Technology Center East CEA School

With the grand opening of FarmTek’s Technology Center East this month came our first-ever CEA School in South Windsor, CT. We had 58 people attend the school from not just across the county, but across the world. People came from down the street to as far away as Burnley, England! We had presenters from local businesses, non-profits, academia, vendors and our own experts on controlled environment agriculture, including several of our frequent blog contributors. Read more

Into the West with FarmTek’s Fodder Trailer

FarmTek's Fodder Trailer Goes WestToday’s blog post comes from our fodder specialist Ken Erha. Ken travels across the country with our fodder trailer to attend trade shows and events. He went into the west for events in Idaho, Utah and Colorado to spread the word about hydroponics and fodder, and came back with a story to tell.

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WODPA Fall Conference & Trade Show

WODPA Fall Conference and Organic Trade Show
Our tour began at the Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance Fall Conference and Organic Trade Show in Twin Falls, ID. This two-day event was a great way to begin the tour. Read more

CEA Q&A: What You Need to Know

Hydroponic lettuce tablesIf you’re a fan of ours on Facebook, or have followed our blogs for any amount of time, you may know that we have a strong commitment t not only providing great products to the agricultural community, but we like to teach people about the latest and greatest in different growing trends. We believe that teaching people about these new and upcoming technologies is a great way to excite the communities we serve about new ways of growing more successfully and sustainably.

That said, we are pleased to announce the first of many educational opportunities in our newest facility, Technology Center East, which is located at our South Windsor, Connecticut campus. We will be offering CEA (Controlled Environment Agriculture) Schools to those who are interested in learning about hydroponics, fodder production, aquaponics and more. Think you may be interested in signing up? Here are some Q&A’s for you to read over and perhaps decide to join us at our first CEA School in November!

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Announcing Tech Center East! Growers Supply’s Latest in Educational Resources

NFT Channels

Some of you who have followed our blogs for a while may have seen pictures or read about the many opportunities that we have to offer our customers. We organize workshops, seminars, webinars and more, all designed to inform and educate our communities and customers about exciting topics in the agricultural community. Our most popular topics include how to grow fodder, CEA (controlled-environment agriculture) techniques, hydroponic growing and greenhouse growing. Until now, all of our seminars and workshops have been held at our Dyersville, IA location, equipped with our CEA Technology Center greenhouse, as well as one of our Hercules Truss Arch Buildings where we manufacture many buildings for our affiliate company, ClearSpan Fabric Structures.

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My Journey into the Land of Plenty- Literally!

Land of PlentyToday’s blog post comes from our guest blogger, Nichole Kemp. Nichole is the marketing and event specialist for Growers Supply’s parent company ESAPCO where she manages and organizes all our trade shows, open houses and workshops. She is also the brand manager for our building division, ClearSpan Fabric Structures, and the self titled “ClearSpan Brand Evangelist”. Last month Nichole had the opportunity to visit our Dyersville, IA manufacturing facility where she observed one of our fodder workshops. This is the tale of her travels and, as she likes to put it, her journey into the land of plenty! Read more

You’re Invited! – Growers Supply is Hosting Another CEA School

Pole beans growing from NFT channels.

At Growers Supply, we don’t want to simply sell you products. We think it is important to teach customers about the most up-and-coming trends in the agricultural and horticultural communities. Our first CEA School, which encompassed presentations and hands-on training for hydroponics, fodder production and aquaponics, was such a success that we have added additional dates this June! Please join us from June 18 to 20, 2013 to learn everything you need to know about the most up-and-coming trends in horticulture.

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Review: Growers Supply’s First-Ever CEA School

CEA School March

Last month, we hosted our very first three-day CEA School. This event combined hydroponics, fodder production and aquaponics into a hands-on learning experience for growers of all experience levels. The CEA School was held at our Technology Center in Dyersville, IA, and hosted by our greenhouse team, Sam Shroyer and Brittany Orris. Participants traveled from 13 states, making it a great networking event and learning experience.

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