More than 80 growers and other horticultural specialists from North America gathered at the Plant Empowerment workshop in Niagara, Canada, which was hosted by Plant Empowerment last week. During the multi-day event, a team of 12 Plant Empowerment specialized trainers of partner companies Koppert, BASF, Hoogendoorn, LetsGrow.com, Cultilene, Svensson, Van Der Ende Group, Lumiforte and Kekkilä BVB, and co-author of the book "Plant Empowerment, the basic principles" Peter van Weel, shared their insights and knowledge on the Plant Empowerment philosophy. They gave sessions on climate, plant balances, nutrition, plant health, lighting, irrigation, substrate, and water, as well as specific to crops such as tomato, strawberry, potted plants, cannabis, and much more, all based on the philosophy.
Peter van Weel - Co-Author of the book "Plant Empowerment, The Basic Principles" - trains on leaf temperature vs. greenhouse temperature.
In May last year, Plant Empowerment hosted two two-day workshops in Canada, in B.C., and in Leamington. These workshops were such a success that the demand for another live event was overwhelming. "We were extremely happy to organize another multi-day course in Canada this year. The live event once again exceeded all our expectations. Not only lots of valuable knowledge and expertise was exchanged with North American growers and horticultural professionals, but we also had the opportunity to answer their specific in-depth questions, help them with the challenges they face in their greenhouses, and give them personal advice on how to grow more efficient and sustainable, using the holistic approach as a starting point We can't wait to see how these insights contribute to their roadmap to a more profitable and environmentally friendly horticulture. "said Jeannette den Boer - Event and Project Manager at Plant Empowerment.
She continues: "Because we're hosting events like this, we're able to bring growers, experts, suppliers, knowledge leaders, and other industry representatives together. By providing them with in-depth education, conducting substantive discussions, and engaging in topic-specific conversations, this unique data-driven approach can really make a difference towards a more sustainable horticulture. We couldn't be more proud of the success of this workshop and look forward to witnessing the positive impact it will have in the future."
Attendees were very excited and enthusiastic about the workshop and gave it high praise. They shared comments such as "The workshop helped me to both deepen my knowledge of Plant Empowerment and to gain confidence in growing according to the principles.", "All of the sessions I attended were interesting," and "Everything was great! I would 100% recommend the workshop to other people."
Plant Empowerment trainers on stage
Plant Empowerment has just completed the event in Canada but already has lots of other projects coming up. They are launching a new educational program on Plant Health on April 12, and they are organizing several live events. These live events include a network reception in Almaty, Kazakhstan coming Wednesday, April 5, an exclusive Summerschool for 15 top growers from all over the world, GreenTech breakfast sessions in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in June, and a live Plant Empowerment workshop in Brisbane, Australia during the PCA2023 Conference.
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