Horticulture Lighting and Learning Event. Discover the latest science driving the future of horticulture lighting.

Aug. 11, 2022
Hendersonville, NC

The horticulture lighting industry is advancing fast with new technology, allowing you to grow more yield while reducing your expenses. In fact, many of these advancements are being developed right here in the United States.

So we’re hosting an event, as part of our AppLit initiative, to share the most recent research and show how you, as a grower, can benefit from the latest lighting innovations.  

Horticulture Lighting and Learning with Hort Americas is on August 11, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Hendersonville, N.C.
Lighting and Learning Institute – Hendersonville, NC.
3010 Spartanburg Hwy, East Flat Rock, NC 28726

Besides quickly becoming the epicenter for U.S.-produced LED lights, Hendersonville was selected due to the area’s many advantages for controlled environment growers, including moderate temperatures and an abundance of natural resources. 

We encourage anyone who is interested in greenhouse vegetable production, indoor ag, ornamental crop production, as well as any crops grown in a controlled environment agriculture facility, to attend.

Tickets are free (but limited to about 100 people)


Presentations will also be available virtually

8:30-9:00Opening RemarksChris HigginsPresident – Hort Americas
Chuck EdwardsSenator Chuck Edwards
Jake JohnsonNC State Representative Jake Johnson
Mark WilliamsExecutive Director- AgroBusiness Henderson County
9:00-9:30 amReduce your energy in a vertical farm (Recorded)Leo MarcelisProfessor Horticulture and Product Physiology – Wageningen UR
9:30-10:00 amFlower Responses of North American Strawberry CultivarsKarla GarciaTechnical Service Manager – Hort Americas
10:00-10:15 amBreak
10:15-11:00 amGreenhouse Strawberry ProductionChieri KubotaProfessor – The Ohio State University
11:00-11:45Young Plant Production Under LED Grow Lights & North Carolina State University Research UpdateRicardo HernandezAssociate Professor – North Carolina State University
11:45-12:00pmMessage from Current CEOManish BhandariPresident & CEO at Current
1:00-1:30pmCanadian Demo Greenhouse Applied Research UpdateJordan GouletGeneral Manager – Hort Americas Canada
1:30-2:00pmPanel: What do you need to know about Utility RebatesLee Levitt (Current) & Robbie Cook (Duke Energy)North American Utility Director – Current™
Duke Energy
2:00-3:00pmWUR Interlight Research ReviewHans SpalholzHorticulture Scientist – Current
3:15-4:00pmLED Lighting Turfgrass on Sports FieldsJohn SorochanDistinguished Professor – Turfgrass Science – University of Tennessee
4:00-4:45pmPanel: Ask the OperatorsDan AlbertVice President – Unfold
Tyler BarasChief Science Officer & Co-Founder – Area 2 Farms
Serge BoonFounder – Boon Greenhouse Consultancy
4:45-5:00pmClosing Remarks
5:30-8Happy Hour
Mills River Brewery
Address: 336 Banner Farm Rd, Mills River, NC 28759

Factory Tours

Factory tours of the Current manufacturing facility will be available by appointment on Thursday August 11th and Friday August 12th. This is the same factory in which the L1000 and Factor led grow lights are produced.


Hendersonville is located near 3 airports. The most convenient airport is Greenville, South Carolina (38 miles). Other airports include:

Asheville, NC: 25 miles
Charlotte, NC: 105 miles

Address: Lighting and Learning Institute – Hendersonville, NC.
3010 Spartanburg Hwy, East Flat Rock, NC 28726

Urber and Lyft are available. However, Hendersonville is a smaller city and rideshare options can be limited at certain times of the day.

If you’re flying into town, a rental car makes transportation easiest. All major rental car companies are available at the Asheville, NC or Greenville, SC airports.

Travel to the Lighting Institute from the Asheville, NC airport and airport hotels is about 30 minutes. Travel from Greenville, SC airport is 45-60 minutes and includes a beautiful drive through the mountains.

The Hendersonville/Asheville area features many amazing restaurants. Most do require transportation to get there.


Best Western Hendersonville
Hampton Inn Hendersonville
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hendersonville
Fairfield Inn & Suites Hendersonville