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Events For Indoor Growers
Put the grow lights on a timer (c’mon, you already did that, right?) and check out one or more of these cool events for growing professionals and dedicated amateurs. You can listen to industry experts, mingle with other growers, and see the latest gadgets and gear for homegrown operations of all sizes.
Farwest Show: National Nursery & Greenhouse Trade Show
With an emphasis on edibles in this year’s Grower Showcase, Farwest is the place to see the latest varieties, production techniques, and marketing methods for all things consumable. The Solution Center for Growers offers workshops and demos from industry experts, and there are plenty of chances to get your questions answered. Still need a reason to go? How about networking with other show attendees while guides lead you on an evening pub crawl to some of the best microbreweries in Portland (aka “Beervana”)?
New York City, October 15
Las Vegas, spring 2016
Indoor Ag-Con events focus on all aspects of indoor agriculture—such as greenhouse production, hydroponics, and aquaculture—and feature growers, academics, and industry suppliers. The fall event in New York City will showcase 12 speakers talking about big-picture issues in indoor growing, and it will include lunch over curated discussion tables. Attendance at the New York City program is limited, but watch the website for details on more upcoming programs on indoor agriculture.
Billed as the largest all-industry horticultural expo and convention in North America, Cultivate is the place for growers to meet, greet, learn, and connect. Centrally located in Ohio for easy travel from all points, Cultivate’15 featured a Solutions Marketplace, where nearly 600 companies introduced plants, products, and services for growers, retailers, and other industry professionals.
Maximum Yield Indoor Gardening Expo
The first day of this show is for industry professionals only; the second day is open to the public. Both are jam-packed with exhibits and interactive displays, expert panels, and Grow University sessions where attendees can learn everything from basics to the latest technological advances in indoor growing. If you sign up in advance as a business participant, admission is free. Can’t make it to the Expo? You’ll miss out on networking and trade-show swag, but you can still take advantage of Grow University sessions online from the comfort of your own home (growuniversity.net).