We are facing the enormous challenge of providing all stakeholders in the sector with the right knowledge and also organizing cooperation for the further development of this knowledge
Knowledge institutions play an essential role in Learning Communities in which growers are guided in their learning process, while at the same time researchers, teachers and students learn from practice.
That is why it is gratifying that a growing number of knowledge institutes, both in the Netherlands and internationally, are incorporating the principles of Plant Empowerment into their curriculum.
Hogeschool Inholland Delft
HAS Hogeschool Den Bosch
HAS University of Applied Sciences is one of the best educational and expertise Centre in the Southern Netherlands for the agrifood and environment sectors, with 2 sites: ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Venlo. They currently have over 450 employees, 3,000 students and 300 participants on professional courses. Students of the bachelor’s programme Horticulture & Arable Farming will use the book Plant Empowerment as the basis of the module ‘greenhouse and climate’.
Aeres University of Applied Sciences Dronten
Niagara College Canada
Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest part-time studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, distilling, horticulture and esthetics. Plant Empowerment has been involved with Niagara College in Canada since February 2021.
“Plant Empowerment the basic principles”
Plant Empowerment is an integrated approach to the cultivation process that is based on the natural vigor of plants and uses physiological and physical principles instead of green fingers and feeling. Moreover, Plant Empowerment is universally applicable for all crops, all occurring climate zones, and various types of greenhouses.
The authors of “Plant Empowerment the basic principles”, ir. P.A.M. Geelen, ir. J.O. Voogt and ing. P.A. van Weel have given a powerful innovative impulse to the worldwide pursuit of sustainable and profitable greenhouse horticulture.
Since its introduction in 2018, Plant Empowerment has enjoyed increasing international interest from growers, researchers, consultants, knowledge institutions, and policymakers. The book, which is available in Dutch, English, and Spanish, has already sold many thousands of copies in more than thirty countries.