HRT 242: Passive Solar Greenhouses for Protected Cultivation


  • Dr. John Biernbaum (lead)
    1066 Bogue Street, Room A440-C
    East Lansing, MI 48824-1325
    (517) 353-0419
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HRT 242: Passive Solar Greenhouses for Protected Cultivation

Credits and Offerings

  • 1 credit
  • Spring semester of every year

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:

  1. Make use of the marketing advantages of season extension and year-round production possible with a solar greenhouse.
  2. Plan and implement site and soil preparation and long term soil fertility management in a solar greenhouse.
  3. Evaluate and choose an appropriate manufactured solar greenhouse design/package and understand the basics necessary for ordering and construction.
  4. Manage a passive solar greenhouse environment including the maintenance of summer and winter ventilation for a desired temperature and humidity.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the basics of crop selection and scheduling for winter production including aspects of harvesting and estimating economic profitability.


  • Introduction Discussion Forum
  • Site Selection, Evaluation, Preparation; Marketing Plan
  • Cost of Construction; Crop Selection and Season
  • Crop Planning and Scheduling
  • Estimating Production Costs, Income and Profitability
  • Field trip to the MSU Student Organic Farm or alternative visit to a farm
  • Final Course Evaluation – On-line Survey
  • Weekly Content and Reading Reflections
  • On-line Quizzes