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Skills for Controlled Environment Horticulture. from www.aces.edu. The Protected Cropping Industry. Modern face of horticulture Fastest growing food producing sector in Australia Equivalent to 20% of total value of vegetable and flower production

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Skills for controlled environment horticulture

Skills for Controlled Environment Horticulture


From www aces edu

from www.aces.edu


The protected cropping industry

The Protected Cropping Industry

  • Modern face of horticulture

  • Fastest growing food producing sector in Australia

  • Equivalent to 20% of total value of vegetable and flower production

  • Combining all sectors industry contributes around $1 billion to the national economy

  • Employs over 10,000+ people throughout Australia

  • Industry expanding at 4 – 6% per annum


How it works

How it Works

COMPUTER

MIXING

TANK

PUMP

PUMP

E.C. pH

SENSORS

Water

In

DOSING PUMPS

A

B

C

D

pH

ACID TANK

FERTILIZER CONCENTRATE TANKS


The problem with protected c ropping

The Problem with Protected Cropping

  • Unique production systems

  • Heavily technology based

  • Current programs focus on soil-based production

  • Lack of training imposes limits on industry growth and profitability


Pathways to production

Pathways to Production

  • Horticulture Aust Ltd (HAL) funded

  • AHGA, NSW DPI & GOTAFE

  • Took existing units and modified

  • Created new units

  • Identified additional skill sets

  • Meetings with growers provided feedback


Skills for controlled environment horticulture

Skills for Controlled Environment Horticulture

  • Skills Victoria funded

  • Formed advisory group

  • Brought together group of Bellarine Peninsula growers

  • Identified priorities for training

  • Pilot program


National greenhouse waste water recycling workshop

National Greenhouse Waste-Water Recycling Workshop

  • HAL funded

  • Partnered with consultants, Graeme Smith & Rick Donnan

  • Series of 1 day workshops delivered to key areas across 6 states


Recirculating system

Recirculating System

Nutrients and acid

Growing System

@ 1.5 EC

Batch

Tank

@ 2.6 EC

Pre EC Probe

Controls 3-way Valve

to 1.1 EC

3.7 EC

30%

Sterilisation

Fresh

Water

Recycle

Tank

Drain

Tank


Haifast software

HaifastSoftware


P artners

Partners


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