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Workshop Plant Empowerment

During the two-day workshops the basic principles of Plant Empowerment are further explained. There will be a combination of theoretical and practical sessions, alternately led by the Plant Empowerment Implementation Partners and authors of the book Plant Empowerment.

Monday, May 16 2022 British Columbia & Leamington | Canada

Join the workshop

Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 May, BC or
Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May, Leamington

Register here for British Columbia ->
Register here for Leamington ->

About the workshop

The Plant Empowerment philosophy helps growers worldwide to grow more sustainably and achieve higher yields. To help growers and other horticultural specialists understand the philosophy even better, Plant Empowerment is starting multi-day workshops. The first live sessions will start this spring in Canada, Monday 16 en Tuesday 17 May in B.C. and Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May in Leamington. A team of six Plant Empowerment specialists will address insights on various facets such as climate, plant balances, lighting, nutrition, plant health, pest management, etc. 

The Plant Empowerment philosophy takes the natural behavior and the growing power of plants as its starting point. The principles revolve around cultivating greenhouse crops sustainably by supporting each plant’s natural balance. This unique data-driven way of thinking facilitates higher yields and better crop quality for growers, while also supporting more efficient use of valuable resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. As a result, the Plant Empowerment philosophy provides a roadmap to both profitable and environmentally friendly horticulture. 

During the two-day workshops, the basic principles of Plant Empowerment are further explained. There will be a combination of theoretical and practical sessions, alternately led by the Plant Empowerment Implementation Partners and authors of the book on Plant Empowerment.

Line-up

Six Plant Empowerment specialised trainers are present during the workshop. One of the authors, is present and five of the trainers are consultants of the Implementation Partners each with their own specialization.

Co-author of the book Plant Empowerment

Peter van Weel

Data analyst and researcher

Evripidis Papadopoulos

Plant Health Specialist

Mark van der Werf

Substrate specialist

Remy Maat

Climate Specialist

René Beerkens

Screening Specialist

Ton Habraken

Set-up program

Event data

Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 May – British Columbia
Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May – Leamington

Location

British Columbia
Coast Tsawwasseninn
1665 56 street
Delta, BC, Canada

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Leamington
Best Western Leamington
566 Bevel Line Rd Rr 1
Leamington, Canada

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Day 1

On day 1 we start with the basic principles of Plant Empowerment. After the opening and the general introduction, the rest of the day will focus on uniformity. To achieve the best possible results, uniformity is needed in the root zone, climate and in data. These subjects will be discussed in separate workshops. Topics discussed in the break-out sessions are:

  • Climate: temperature, humidity, CO2, homogeneous climate
  • Rootzone: Substrates, optimum doze size, drain an dry back, big 6, minerals, micro biome
  • Data: Weather stations, aspirator boxes and plant sensors, bringing data alive, data driven growing

Day 1 ends with a discussion on uniformity in practice.

 

7.30 am : Start registration
9 am : Opening
9.30 am – 1 pm: Various sessions plenary and in break-out rooms
1 pm : Lunch
2 pm – 5 pm: Various sessions plenary and in break-out rooms
5 pm: Closing and drinks
7 pm: Dinner (optional, not including in the program)

Day 2

During day 2 you can choose which workshops you want to participate in. The following workshops are offered:

  • How to start with RTR?
    An essential part of the assimilate balance is the RTR strategy. But what is the optimal RTR strategy for my crop and how do I monitor the RTR on a daily bases. The consultants will discuss all the ins and outs of the RTR strategy and which processes of the plant are influenced by the RTR.
  • Data Driven Growing (plan of growth)
    In order to reach the ultimate production, it is necessary to focus on all the different aspects of growing. How great is it if you can already make a plan up front and make sure all growing aspects are taken into account. During the crop you only have to implement the plan and fine-tune if necessary.
  • Light abatement
    Growing under lights means a lot of new challenges for the grower. Using black-out screens is one of them. What are the best strategies to grow under light abatement screens and how to maintain an active, healthy and productive crop.
  • Active climate
    Evaporation is crucial for growing an healthy, productive crop. What is influencing evaporation and what are the challenges if evaporation is too high/low? In the workshop the focus is on evaporation, why we need a certain minimum levels and how we can increase evaporation during difficult conditions.
  • Summer climate
    High temperatures are often a stress factor for our plants. Can we prepare the plant for the summer conditions and how to maneuver our crop through these stressful conditions?
  • Irrigation/nutrition
    Plants need water and minerals to grow, develop and produce. Recently there is a lot of focus on how we can steer the rootzone with optimal dose size, amounts of drain and dry back. We also learn that our current fertilizer schedules are not always optimal to support a healthy, resistant crop. With plant sap we get new insights on how the plant is processing the offered minerals.

 

9 am : Opening
9.30 am – 1 pm: Various sessions plenary and in break-out rooms
1 pm : Lunch
2 pm – 3 pm : Closing session
3 pm: Reception
4.30 pm: End program

Cost

  • 1100 CAD (€779)

 

Join the workshop

Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 May, BC or
Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May, Leamington

Register here for British Columbia ->
Register here for Leamington ->