March 25th – 3pm
THE CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT AGRICULTURE PROGRAM AT SANTA FE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
The agriculture industry in New Mexico has seen better days. We have a growing population, shrinking resources, and a number of other issues. We have food insecurity and major health issues. There are problems for sure, BUT there are also other methods that can provide solutions to a number of these issues. It is possible to have true four-season agriculture in this state, that can produce large quantities of healthy, nutritious foods using less resources, and providing the foundation for a new generation of native New Mexican farmers.
The past four years of the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) program at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, NM has focused on providing students with a broad series of skills related to Greenhouse Operation, Hydroponics and Aquaponics. In addition, the program has encouraged the integration of associated technologies like Solar & Photovoltaic Energy, Biofuels, Adobe and Green Building. We are now expanding the program with the construction of a nearly 12,000 sqft teaching facility that will include full commercial-scale Aquaponic and Hydroponic production systems.