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Hydroponic production focus of gardening workshop

Sep. 09, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

INSTITUTE, W.Va. - Learn the techniques of hydroponic and aeroponic plant production at a free workshop hosted by West Virginia State University Extension Service from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Barnett Center, 1524 10th Ave., in Huntington.

In traditional agricultural production, soil is utilized as the growing medium. In hydroponic production, a nutrient solution provides the needed nutrition plants require and allows for a larger quantity of plants to be grown in a smaller space. Participants will get hands-on education on nutrient film technique and experience with aeroponic and hydroponic growing systems.

"We want participants to learn the basics of hydroponics, as well as the benefits," said Melissa Stewart, WVSU extension specialist for Agriculture & Natural Resources. "From saving space to reducing weeds, insects, disease and pesticides, we'll cover all areas of using a variety of production systems."

To register for the free workshop, contact Extension Agent Brad Cochran at 304-541-3301 or bcochran2@wvstateu.edu.