Online vegetable production and management course begins Jan. 13

December 11, 2019

ISU’s Department of Horticulture will offer an online Vegetable Production and Management Course Jan. 13–May 8, 2020. Both credit and non-credit options are available. Instructor is Ajay Nair, ISU vegetable extension specialist.

Ajay Nair.
Dr. Ajay Nair

Register here.

The course provides introduction to principles and practices of vegetable crop production. Ajay will also also cover the knowledge and expertise needed to grow and manage a vegetable production enterprise.

That enterprise could be a backyard garden, community or school garden, small acreage or even a large commercial enterprise.


Topics will include

  • crop classification
  • emphasis on specific vegetable crops
  • soil, water, and pest management
  • cover cropping
  • crop rotation
  • weed management
  • season extension strategies, and more.

The course is available for both credits (ISU fees) and non-credits ($300). The class is web based so you can participate from anywhere with an internet connection at your convenience.

Rows of vegetables in greenhouse.


Ten $300 scholarships are available for community or school garden coordinators, FFA instructors, county horticulturists, ISU extension staff, local food coordinators, industry leaders, master gardeners, agricultural entrepreneurs, and/or commercial vegetable growers. A grant from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program of the USDA supports these scholarships.

Please contact Dr. Ajay Nair directly for scholarship opportunity. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.