Looking for a
comprehensive training program covering all phases of hydroponic and
aquaponic crop production?
You've found it!
During your course, you'll
enjoy hands-on experience in the inter-workings of a commercial hydroponic
and aquaponic facility and get first-hand experience in plant propagation
and culturing, harvesting and packaging, hydroponic nutrient solution analysis,
aquaculture water analysis, integrated aquaponic system design and
operation, fish handling and health and specialty crop
Each program includes detailed
instruction, hands-on learning and appropriate training manuals and
Special Hydroponic/Aquaponic System Design and Plant Propagation Program
Anyone interested in learning the ins-and-outs of culture system design,
assembly and operation will thrive in this program. An added bonus
is the involvement in the propagation of the first fish, lettuce and
herb crops at Kirby Peak Ranch.
Hydroponics & Aquaponics—All phases
With all systems up and running,
these sessions will have a great emphasis on successful operating
procedures, water quality analysis, plant nutritional analysis, hydroponic
nutrient solutions, plant culturing, fish health and dynamics of an
The tuition for a 3-month session is
$3,000. It includes detailed instruction, hands-on learning and
appropriate training manuals and materials... plus, the extra
benefits listed below.
For those students wishing
to take advantage of it, we offer lodging at the ranch. The
spacious home located adjacent to the greenhouse includes a large
living area, dining hall, shared kitchen and laundry facility in
addition to the comfortable dorm-style bed and bathrooms.
Space for student-driven
research is provided and
experimentation is encouraged.
results may be published in the Aquaponics Journal.
Students are allowed to
relax and enjoy all of the unique features of the ranch.
Two small grocery stores,
a restaurant and post office are nearby.
include: Yosemite National Park, hiking, down hill and cross
country skiing, white water rafting and kayaking, swimming, fishing,
museums and shopping.
There may be some
flexibility in the dates an individual starts and ends the program.
are awarded for tuition.
Richard and Peggy Radanovich
Richard, a pharmacist for nearly 22
years, and his wife Peggy are the owners of Kirby Peak Ranch. Lifelong
residents of Mariposa County, they are well known in the community as
innovative and successful business owners with extensive experience in
retail management, marketing and human resources. Richard has a wide
ranging agricultural background and works with the local 4-H and FFA
Programs. Also, as owners of the Mother Lode Llama Co., they are experts
in llama packing and in all aspects of llama herd management.
For More Information
Anyone interested in participating
in a training programs should e-mail
Kirby Peak Ranch or call 1-800-946-5262 and provide background information as well as an
overview of goals and interests. Please include details of when you
want to start the program.