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Greenhouse Design Workshop

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Greenhouse Design Workshop

Time: October 3, 2015 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Location: The Aquaponic Source - Education and Research Center
Street: 1860 Lefthand Circle
City/Town: Longmont, CO 80501
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Phone: 855-285-4252, x3
Event Type: class
Organized By: Kari-Lise Boyer
Latest Activity: Sep 26, 2015

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Event Description

Greenhouse Design Workshop

Hosted by The Aquaponic Source

May 9 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

How to Design an Energy-Efficient, Year-Round Solar Greenhouse

Cost: $175

Purchase Tickets here.


Instructors – Marc Plinke & Lindsey Schiller



_1.b banana greenhouseThis full-day greenhouse immersion course will delve into smart greenhouse design. Topics include how to design a super-efficient greenhouse using passive solar strategies, tailoring your greenhouse for an aquaponics system, growing year-round in hard-to-grow climates, powering your greenhouse off-grid, growing advice and greenhouse building plans.



8:30 AM to 11:00: Greenhouse Design
*Classroom instruction at The Aquaponic Source location
• Introductions & plan for the day
• Essential elements of solar greenhouse design
• Siting and orienting your greenhouse
• Choosing the right materials
• Insulating your greenhouse for year-round growth
• Naturally heating, cooling and ventilating your greenhouse
• Making a greenhouse ‘self-heating’ by using thermal mass and storing heat underground
• Tailoring your greenhouse for an aquaponics system

11:00 – 12:30: Tour of an off-grid commercial greenhouse
We will car pool to a nearby farm.

12:30 – 1:30: Lunch (included)

1:30 – 4:30 PM: How to Build Your Greenhouse; Growing in the Greenhouse
• Powering your greenhouse: standard and off-grid options
• Growing tips and recommendations for your greenhouse
• Q&A / Tailoring your greenhouse for your site, location, growing methods (aquaponics or other) and what you’d like to grow. This final session will provide personalized advice and consultations to help participants tailor the above concepts to their growing goals.





Marc Plinke and Lindsey Schiller co-founded Ceres Greenhouse Solutions, a small company which has become an industry leader in energy-efficient greenhouse research. Currently, Ceres designs and builds solar greenhouses nationwide, ranging from sustainable backyard models to several thousand sq. ft. commercial greenhouses. Over the past several years, Ceres has enabled people to grow bananas year-round in the Colorado Rockies, and specialized in aquaponic greenhouses.


Purchase tickets here.

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Comment by John Seeds on September 25, 2015 at 8:37pm

My wife Shiree & I (John) will be traveling from Alaska for this seminar.

I SEE IT HAS A LOW ATTENDANCE #, if we purchase 2 tickets is there a "seminar guarantee/refund" because we also have to purchase airlines tickets, rental car & hotel to attend.

Comment by JoAnne Bell on September 23, 2015 at 9:40am


We expect to run the class again in the Spring. There will be an announcement on this site when we finalize the dates. If you'd like more info now, feel free to contact Ceres Greenhouse directly at 

Comment by Louise Newell on September 22, 2015 at 4:57pm

Wish I could attend but can't this time.  Will there be info available or for sale where I can get this information?

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