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Greenhouse Management - School of Trades, Technology, Sustainability, and Professional Studies

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Greenhouse Management
Certificate in Greenhouse Management (CERT)

About the Program

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Aquaponics joins the sciences of hydroponics (growing plants in water without soil) and aquaculture (raising fish). 

Fish waste produces a high amount of nitrogen, fueling the growth of leaves, so growing herbs, lettuce, bok choy, cabbage and leafy greens like kale is an ideal commercial venture. The only additional elements needed are chelated iron and fish food, plus occasional replacement of water lost to evaporation. Outside the classroom, the program utilizes a geodesic dome greenhouse with crops floating in tanks or vining through the air.

The greenhouse’s design includes beeswax that responds to temperature, liquefying and solidifying, expanding and contracting, to adjust vents as needed to warm or cool the greenhouse. Its energy requirements are essentially for a pump to circulate the water and move oxygen through the tanks.

AAS in Greenhouse Management

The purpose of this program is to revitalize agricultural traditions in order to build local food security in a way that is ecologically, economically and culturally viable; socially just; and organic and regenerative for current and future generations. You'll received hands-on and classroom training in greenhouse management. Through various program concentrations, completion of this degree prepares you for careers in sustainable agriculture.

Certificate in Greenhouse Management

Successful completion of this certificate prepares you to become Greenhouse Management Professionals with the knowledge and skills to create and manage hydroponic greenhouse enterprises for home/farm and commercial scale operations. You'ill learn about greenhouse operations; multiple hydroponic systems; major techniques and challenges of growing hydroponic plants organically from propagation to harvesting and marketing; integrated pest management; aquaponics and/or fodder for animals. Upon completion of the program you'll have experience in designing a business plan for a small-scale hydroponic enterprise.

Topics of Instruction

  • Technological hands on studies of the three top and most advanced hydroponic/aquaponic/fodder systems in use today
  • All aspects of greenhouse management and operations; including accounting, marketing, sales, and culinary arts
  • Plant, fish, seed and fodder production, product use and commercial distribution
  • Health, societal and planetary benifits of hydroponic growing

Graduates have a full spectrum understanding of hydroponic businesses; the ecological and sustainable qualities, the operational 'why' and 'how' as well as accounting, sales, marketing and distribution.

For more information, please contact Eric Highfield , 505-428-1941,

Santa Fe Community College | 6401 Richards Ave. | Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508 | 505-428-1000
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