“Learn about constructing, using and managing a small home hydroponic system. Mullins will cover the need for small-scale hydroponic systems, as well as construction, and management of small hydroponic systems. Learn about different types of hydroponic systems and the suitability of these system to different situations. He will also address how these systems can be used in the community to engage youth and adults in horticulture. In addition to the presentation, there will also be a demonstration of several hydroponic systems along with handling of various components of a hydroponics system.”
Chris Mullins has a B.S. and M.S. in Biology and more than 25 years of experience in greenhouse production of horticulture crops, including owning and operating greenhouse operations, and 20 years of experience in research and extension/outreach. He currently serves as Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist for Greenhouse and Specialty Crops at Virginia State University with responsibility for leading and managing the state-wide extension program in the area of protected culture of horticulture crops. His current areas of research and extension work include: hydroponics, greenhouse management, specialty crops, vegetable production, irrigation, high tunnel crop production and aquaponics. Chris has been co-principle investigator on more than $1,000,000 in grant funded projects in the last 10 years and authored or co-authored more than 10 extension and journal publications. Chris can be seen monthly on the TV show Real Virginia on the gardening segment “From the Ground Up”.