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Greenhouse Design Workshop

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Greenhouse Design Workshop

Time: February 6, 2016 from 9am to 5pm
Location: Longmont, Colorado
Street: 1860 Lefthand Circle, Suite E
City/Town: Longmont
Website or Map:…
Phone: 8552854252
Event Type: class
Organized By: Kari-Lise Boyer
Latest Activity: Feb 4, 2016

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Event Description

Want to grow your own fresh, nutrient dense vegetables year-round? How about growing your own bananas, lemons and guava? Learn how to do this, and much more by creating an energy-efficient, self-sustaining growing environment that feeds you and your family all year.


This 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.


The course will include lunch and a tour of a commercial solar greenhouse located at The Golden Hoof Farm (designed by architect Alice Starek) pictured above. Participants will also receive building designs and plans for a backyard energy-efficient greenhouse that can be combined with an aquaponic system.


Single person ticket: $175.00

Two Person ticket discount: $300.00 (Shared materials)



9:00 AM to 12:00: Greenhouse Design
*Classroom instruction at The Aquaponic Source location
• Essential elements of solar greenhouse design
• Siting and orienting your greenhouse
• Choosing the glazing and building 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

12:00 – 1:00: Lunch (included)

1:00 – 3:30 PM: How to Build Your Greenhouse; Aquaponic Greenhouse Design
• Building the greenhouse (review of building plans)
• Powering your greenhouse: standard and off-grid options
• Aquaponic system planning and design considerations
• Growing tips and recommendations for your greenhouse

3:30 – 4:30: Tour of an off-grid commercial greenhouse. We will car pool to a nearby farm.

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Comment by Kari-Lise Boyer on January 4, 2016 at 8:46am

Hi Malika. The Greenhouse Design Workshop focuses primarily on greenhouse design while the Immersion Workshop focuses on building a home-based aquaponics system from start to finish. Hope this helps!

Warm Regards,


Comment by Malika Duke on December 30, 2015 at 9:50pm

How is this different from the event in January?

Comment by Manfred Uxamb on December 29, 2015 at 11:38pm


Am starting with aquaponics and are ready to learn anything about it, however am in Namibia and will not be able to attend. Thanks for the invitation. Am also looking for a volunteer-partner (maybe retired and wants to visit Namibia and spent some time!).

Warm Regards.

Manfred Uxamb


Comment by Thomas Cotton on December 29, 2015 at 3:44pm

Hi Kari-Lise,

I have my 2 aquaponic systems inside a greenhouse and am experimenting with passive solar heating this winter for the first time. I have added a set of passive solar swimming pool heaters near the ceiling of the greenhouse. I live in Texas near Austin, and early data is showing about a 6 degree increase in water temperature from the new system. While I cannot attend your workshop, I am interested in your techniques. Perhaps we can exchange ideas.



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