Macomb – The Spoon River College Office of Community Outreach is offering a new class called Cannabis Horticulture this Spring. This affordable 12 week program prepares students for a career in the quickly growing Cannabis Industry. Classes begin on Tuesday, February 8th.

Cannabis Horticulture will cover the basic botany of the cannabis plant, soil science, fertigation, integrated pest management and cannabinoid testing. Students will receive training online but will also receive hands on experience through lab exercises.

This class is being presented by Thomas Vogel, SRC biology faculty member whose area of expertise is plant anatomy and physiology, propagation, genetics and evolution, Cannabis sativa and science education.

Lecture will be held online and will meet from 3-5pm on Tuesdays, February 8-May 3, 2022. Computer access with internet capability is required.

Lab will meet from 8am-Noon every other Thursday from February 24-April 21, 2022. Locations for lab may include Natures Grace & Wellness near Vermont, Stoney Branch Ag Ventures near Rushville, or Spoon River College Outreach Center in Macomb. Students must be able to provide their own transportation to labs.

This class is part of a new certificate program being offered by the Spoon River College Community Outreach Department. Additional Cannabis Industry classes are coming this Fall. Classes include Cannabis Harvesting & Production and Cannabis Logistics & Inventory. Cannabis Industry workshops are sponsored by Nature’s Grace and Wellness, LLC. This sponsorship allows the college to offer the classes at a reduced cost to participants.

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call Spoon River College at 309-833-6031 or register online at

Cannabis Horticulture Class
Cannabis Horticulture Class