Horticulture Semester (Fast‑Track)

$1,995

This new live classroom experience includes the same curriculum, lectures, and networking as our live Semester, but in a shorter time frame. Meet with your instructors and classmates from around the world twice a week for 8 weeks via video conference to learn the most cutting-edge information available in the industry. Interact with your peers and have your questions answered in real-time. You’ll get the knowledge, connections, and certification, in an accelerated environment, to start your career in the exciting world of cannabis.

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Course Overview

June 2022 Fast-Track Semester

Classes Start: June 6th, 2022, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM PT / 5:00 PM - 7:30PM ET

For decades, cannabis has been classified as a controlled substance in most places around the world. This has hindered the standardization of cultivation practices, resulting in a more diverse array of methodologies, techniques, and equipment than you would find in most other types of commercial horticulture. With little data and scientific research to go on, growers are often left guessing at what the “best practices” for cultivation really are.

At the same time, for-profit cannabis growers face the same risks as any other agricultural operation — weather, pest and pathogen pressures, price fluctuations, labor shortages, and equipment failures. Before a commercial grower can even begin such an endeavor, they must complete a complicated and often expensive process of trying to obtain a cannabis business license, which they might or might not be able to secure.

In this course, we explore strategies for launching and sustaining a commercial cannabis operation, from both a scientific and business perspective. This course provides an overview of cannabis plant science and agronomy, examines the pros and cons of current commercial cultivation methodologies, and demonstrates techniques necessary for successful operation. We also highlight the operational impacts of stringent regulatory compliance requirements and discuss trends in the consumer market which are currently influencing the direction of the commercial cannabis cultivation sector. Throughout the course, we present tools that commercial operators can use to weigh the tradeoffs between various cultivation options and production decisions.

Curriculum

We begin the course by reviewing some of the foundations of cannabis, including the history of humans’ interaction with the plant and the policies which govern its production and use. We also review the efforts of the advocacy pioneers who came before us and fought for the right to access medical cannabis, and learn more about how we can continue that tradition in our personal and professional lives.

From there, we walk through the entire life cycle of the plant, from propagation to harvest, and present some basic cultivation techniques for each stage of growth. This introduction will provide the basis for a much deeper dive into the science of cultivation, where we explore the anatomy and physiology of the plant, plant nutrition, and the factors which can limit photosynthesis. Along the way, we present general strategies for optimizing conditions in the growing environment and increasing yield.

Once we have established a solid grasp of cannabis botany, the course shifts to the topic of cannabis agronomy — the science of crop production. We introduce basic concepts of soil science and microbiology, and explore organic and sustainable growing techniques. We then discuss strategies for managing the plant pressures that present themselves in a controlled cultivation environment, including pests, pathogens, and nutrient deficiencies.

In the final part of the course, we focus on two specific cultivation methodologies for cultivation: sun-grown and indoor. First, we look at growing cannabis outdoors, under full sun, where cultivation conditions are driven by nature. This portion of the course features a deep dive into large-scale cannabis farming practices, infrastructure, and equipment. From there, we look at how greenhouses are used to harness the benefits of full-sun cultivation while maintaining greater control over environmental conditions through the use of passive and active systems.

Finally, we discuss the technologies needed for achieving optimal results in an indoor setting, including lighting science and controls, ventilation and CO2 supplementation, and electrical systems. We wrap up with a recap of some of the financial considerations of launching and managing a commercial cannabis cultivation operation, and an applied project where you will design your own cultivation facility.

Classes:

  • Advocacy for the Cannabis Industry
  • History and Policies of Cannabis
  • Federal vs. State Law
  • Cultivation Safety and Compliance
  • Introduction to Cannabis Horticulture (Botany) 
  • Seeds and Clones
  • Vegetative Growth
  • Transition and Flowering
  • Harvest and Processing
  • Mediums, Nutrients, and Irrigation
  • Optimal Conditions
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Propagation Techniques
  • Soil Science and Microbiology 
  • Sustainability and Organic Farming 
  • Sourcing Genetics
  • Pests
  • Pathogens
  • Prevention, Treatment, and IPM
  • Nutrient Disorders
  • Farming Infrastructure
  • Greenhouses
  • Light
  • Ventilation and CO2
  • Electrical Systems
  • Cultivation Financial Management
About Our Live Virtual Classroom

Along with many major institutions, we have refocused our educational services to online and remote learning environments so you don't need to come to Oaksterdam, OU will come to YOU! This is an excellent way for you to build competency, qualifications, and confidence in your skillset immediately.

The live-classroom is an orchestrated blend of technology designed to provide the best student experience. Students will have access to the online course materials through a sophisticated Learning Management System with Mastery Exercises, Quizzes, and Exams to ensure comprehension.

The live-classroom environment expands upon the asynchronous online programs by also delivering live interactive lectures, demonstrations, and workshops led by our faculty of professional lawyers, cannabis growers, and business owners. Students can ask questions, participate in discussions, break out into working groups, interact with one another, and our Horticulture students can also show the instructors their own garden and plants to receive feedback on their progress!

Our live-environment provides the most comprehensive online cannabis learning experience available anywhere in the world.

Certification Program

certificate of completion may be printed upon passing the course.

Live Video Lectures

Attend lectures from our world-renowned instructors in real-time.

Screen Sharing

Follow along with instructor’s slide presentations and virtual whiteboard.

Interactive Audio

Raise your hand to ask the instructor a question or join in on a class discussion.

Chatroom

Ask the instructor a question, chat with the class, or send private messages.

Breakout Sessions

Collaborate with your classmates in smaller groups to discuss the material and work on team projects.

Course Catalog

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