Department of Horticulture will be offering an online Vegetable Production and Management Course in Spring 2020.  This course is being offered both for college credits and for non-credits (for professionals and individuals interested in vegetable production) and starts 13 January, 2020.

This online course provides introduction to principles and practices of vegetable crop production and also provides knowledge and expertise needed to grow and manage a vegetable production enterprise. That enterprise could be a backyard garden, community or school garden, small acreage or even a large commercial enterprise. Topics will include crop classification; emphasis on specific vegetable crops; soil, water, and pest management; cover cropping; crop rotation; weed management, season extension strategies, etc. The course is available for both credits (ISU fees) and non-credits ($300). The class is web based so you can participate from anywhere with an internet connection at your own convenient time.

I have a grant from Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education that will provide a total of ten $300 scholarships for community or school garden coordinators, FFA instructors, county horticulturists, ISU extension staff, local food coordinators, industry leaders, master gardeners, agricultural entrepreneurs, and/or commercial vegetable growers. Please contact Dr. Ajay Nair directly for scholarship opportunity. Scholarships are on a first come basis.


Ajay Nair, PhD
Associate Professor and Vegetable Extension Specialist
2206 Osborn Drive, Department of Horticulture
Iowa State University, Ames IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-7080; Cell: 517-898-5349

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