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Learn the basic principles for operating a production greenhouse, including an overview of soil systems and fertilizers, crop selection, water management, ventilation, and more. Students will tour both Wayne’s Greenhouses and Garden Center in the morning session.  In the afternoon, we will convene at WEI’s Amador Hill Farm hoop houses to learn about seeding trays and WEI’s hoop house production.  

Greenhouse Management

When:  Saturday March 9th, 9:00 a.m. –  3:30 p.m.

Instructors:  Wayne Haslach, Wayne’s Greenhouses and Garden Center

Jacquelyn Zita, Amador Hill Farm & Orchard

Where:  Morning at Wayne’ Greenhouses & Garden Center, 6196 Athens Trail, Stacy, MN;

Afternoon WEI’s Amador Hill Farm and Orchard, 15715 River Road, North Branch MN

Registration Fee: $50


Students will meet you at Wayne’s Greenhouse & Garden Center in Stacy, MN. Wayne will conduct a tour of his greenhouse operation. The tour will cover his operation and specifically the operations and management of a green house. The key elements he will cover include types of soil systems, different crops grown in greenhouses based on students input, water management, fertilizer, venting concerns.  Wayne will also cover production concerns in the operation of your green house. The class will move to WEI’s Amador Hill Farm just a few miles away to conclude with a tour of the WEI greenhouse, short workshop on seeding techniques, and overview of WEI’s hoop house operation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Soil Systems and details
    1. Systems with Soil
    2. Systems Soil Less
  • Types of crops
    1. Students can confirm what type of crops they are planning for their greenhouse or will be doing in their greenhouse.
  • Water management
    1. Techniques used
    2. Ways to curtail water usage
    3. Over watering /under watering problems
  • Fertilizers
    1. Methods used
    2. Compost
    3. Other fertilizers options
  • Venting
    1. Types of coverings used
    2. When to vent and why
    3. Snow load concerns and ice dams
  • Production Maintenance/Repair concerns


A free simple vegetarian soup will be provided or you may bring your own.