CEA Workforce Development Study: What Makes a Successful Indoor Farmer Operations Manager?

Greenhouse average daily temperature (ADT) and daily light integral (DLI) can be adjusted to improve crop timing, maximize biomass production, and increase crop quality. In this webinar, Michigan State University researchers will discuss how the growth, development, and color of culinary herbs is influenced by ADT and DLI. They will share research on crops including sweet basil, purple basil, sage, and spearmint, giving research-backed tips on how to use these environmental parameters to improve crop yield and quality.

Anu Rangarajan (Director, Cornell Small Farm Program) in the School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University, conducts research on vegetable production and oversees a portfolio of online courses (24) and in-person training that build business and production skills of over 3,500 farmers per year. Dr. Rangarajan is a co-principal investigator of the CEA Viability in Metro Areas study. Wythe Marschall (research associate, Cornell University, and Ph.D. candidate, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University) is a final-year Ph.D. candidate in the anthropology of technology and agriculture. His dissertation examines the rise of vertical farming in New York City. Mr. Marschall is also a research associate on the INFEWS project and serves as a board member of FarmTech Society.

The GLASE Consortium Webinar Series is a selection of live recorded online presentations that cover a broad range of topics at varying technical levels and scale. The webinars are hosted by GLASE director Erico Mattos and a guest speaker: an industry or research expert. These webinars feature the latest technological innovations and best practices in the CEA field providing the audience the opportunity to discover new solutions and to connect with field experts.