Thanks to a grant from the Cleveland Foundation Lake-Geauga Fund, the Veterans Center at Lakeland Community College is hosting a series of hydroponic farming workshops that aim to promote personal growth and wellness through agriculture.

The program is free and open to the public. The workshops focus on a variety of topics, including how to use hydroponic production systems (growing without soil), agriculture-focused education, business planning and how to sell produce locally.

The first cohort of the workshop, which concluded last month, awarded those who finished the curriculum a certificate of completion through Central State University in Wilberforce for the Fast Track Farming program, including a transcript of all classes completed.

According to officials, the certificate signifies that students have received formal training in agricultural farming and can help secure loans or grants in the field.