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August 27, Worchester & September 25, Lancaster

US: Griffin to host lettuce & herb production workshops

Griffin will host two educational workshops on hydroponic lettuce and herb production, designed for ornamental growers who are considering a shift from flowers to food. The program will come first to the AC Hotel in Worcester, Mass., on August 27. An identical workshop will follow in Lancaster, Penn., at the Lancaster County Convention Center, on September 25.

Each half-day program begins with a catered lunch followed by six educational sessions. Topics will focus on various considerations for growers interested in adding or transitioning production space for leafy greens and herbs. Seminars will be led by Griffin GGSPro technical services staff, along with hydroponics experts from JR Peters, Bioworks, Smithers-Oasis, BioSafe Systems and Bioline AgroSciences.

“Locally sourced produce is hot and carries premium value. This is definitely a growing market,” says Tami Van Gaal, division leader for controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) at Griffin. “It brings opportunity to ornamental producers looking to revitalize, diversify or otherwise expand their businesses.”

The workshops will conclude with a panel discussion, wherein growers will share their experiences and answer attendee questions regarding the production of lettuce, herbs and other leafy greens.

“Transitioning from ornamentals to edibles requires changes to equipment and growing practices,” Van Gaal explains. “Our goal is to share real-world insights, so growers leave with a practical understanding of how these crops differ from flowers and what’s needed to succeed.”

The Griffin lettuce and herb workshop is suited to current and prospective hydroponics growers at every level and operations of all sizes. Advance registration is required to attend. Cost is $129.00 per person; group discounts are available. Visit for details and to register.

In both locations, the workshop precedes the company’s Grower & Retailer Expos scheduled for August 28-29 and September 26-27 respectively. Those interested in attending the Griffin Expos may learn more and register at The Griffin Expos are open to professional growers and independent retailers at no cost to attend.

For more information:
1619 Main Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876
Phone: 630.453.6300
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