After this 3 hour class, you will be able to confidently:

  • how to set up a growing room using different systems

  • Choose or design a simple hydroponic system for your apartment or home

  • decide the necessary equipment you need

  • choose the appropriate lighting

  • Select the right growing media and nutrients

  • solve problems before they happen

PLUS!

Taste up to 30 different kinds of rare herbs and greens
Take home a FREE gift of a rare plant grown on the farm in a simple hydroponic planter

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Classes are held two times a month on Saturday afternoon and the last Wednesday of the month.
The link below will take you to our page on the Institute of Culinary Education's website.


What a beautiful space! I really enjoyed the class. It was super educational and I had a blast. David was super friendly and very passionate about hydroponics. Huge kudos to him for prepping for the class and sharing his knowledge and expertise.
— Mika T.

About the Class

Farm Manager David Goldstein

Farm Manager David Goldstein

learn from a pro

Farm Manager David Goldstein has years of experience designing and building hydroponic systems for educational and commercial use, and of successfully growing a huge variety of crops hydroponically and conventionally. 

a Unique Farm in Manhattan

The ICE hydroponic grow room operated by Farm.One is a unique, custom-designed, climate-controlled indoor learning space with 8 different kinds of hydroponic and lighting systems. Over 30 different crop varieties are grown at any one time, including rare and unusual herbs and greens, tomatoes, eggplants and strawberries.

There is no other facility like this in New York.


The class is taught in a manner where even a novice to the method is engaged. The interactive components make all the difference. Real use of all your senses!
— Karen O.

Full class overview

1. Lighting 

  • Basics of light quality and the light spectrum

  • Examine various LED, HPS, powerful,
    low cost and high end options

  • Principles of indoor artificial lighting

  • Understand critical factors around light choice

Lighting is a crucial input for plants. It is important to have a solid understanding of what lighting to use for your ideal indoor system.

Lighting is a crucial input for plants. It is important to have a solid understanding of what lighting to use for your ideal indoor system.


The devil is in the details. Understand the nuances of plumbing, pumps, and nutrient dosing.  

The devil is in the details. Understand the nuances of plumbing, pumps, and nutrient dosing.  

2. Plumbing, Pumps, & Nutrients

  • How to assure appropriate oxygenation

  • Installation and long term operation

  • What type of pumps and pipes to use

  • How to manage nutrients and dose correctly

  • What are the right materials to use and why


3. Electrics and Timers

  • Common techniques for running a safe and secure system

  • Frequent pitfalls and how to avoid them

  • How to simply manage climate

  • Basic power management principles 

Helpful hints on automation and working with the variety of electrical itemson a farm safely.

Helpful hints on automation and working with the variety of electrical itemson a farm safely.


Discover the different kinds of growth media, and the system design to cater for them.

Discover the different kinds of growth media, and the system design to cater for them.

4. Growth Media & Consumables

  • Efficiency and ecological management

  • What plants require which growing mediums and how to choose between them

  • Techniques to improve germination rates

  • Equipment to use for maximum yield


5. A simple home system

  • Design and construction tips for your home or apartment

  • What to do if you do get pests

  • Cost effective, easy to find equipment solutions

  • Starting small - from mini Kratky systems to larger setups

Concrete steps for how to design and build simple indoor systems from scratch. 

Concrete steps for how to design and build simple indoor systems from scratch. 


The space is really cool and I would definitely recommend this class to anyone with any interest in CEA.
— Wilson G.

Register Now

Classes are held two times a month on Saturday afternoon and the last Wednesday of the month.
The link below will take you to our page on the Institute of Culinary Education's website.