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Spotlight on College-Level Horticultural Programs

Greenhouses in Schools College Horticulture Programs Gothic ArchWhen a child is introduced to gardening, a seed is planted that may lead to a lifelong interest—or career—in horticulture. But even more opportunities about in this field than those that may quickly come to mind when you think of greenhouse programs in schools.

The lessons or experiments grow more sophisticated from elementary to high school programs, but taking a look college-level horticultural programs provides a glimpse into all the doors that can be opened by cultivating a passion in gardening.

These are just a few of the many post-secondary programs that provide students with the education and hands-on experience through research to prepare them for diverse careers in horticulture.

University of Hawaii – Tropical Plants and Soil Sciences

Students and faculty at the University of Hawaii are taking an active role in shaping the decisions of land use planners, farmers, researchers and others through their study of the state’s soils. By classifying and interpreting how each type of soil should best be used, both students and the public benefit from research conducted and the feedback it generates.

University of Arkansas – Turfgrass Science

Improving turfgrass production and management for golf courses, sports fields, and commercial and residential lawns is the focus of this program at the University of Arkansas. Students gain a well-rounded education by learning cutting-edge techniques and applying them in a unique laboratory setting that allows for studying warm- and cold-season turfgrass species.

Rutgers University – Horticultural Therapy

Gardeners know the many benefits of nurturing plants, but programs like the one at Rutgers University in horticultural therapy are helping translate that same experience in vocational, social and therapeutic programs. Such therapists may work as part of a team and help patients achieve a sense of accomplishment or independence through customized activities for people with a wide range of abilities.

Central Carolina Community College – Sustainable Agriculture

Students in the sustainable agriculture program learn about more than better growing methods. They also gain the business and technical skills required to manage profitable, environmentally-sound and community-based farms or agricultural operations. An organically managed outdoor classroom, which includes a greenhouse, provides invaluable hands-on opportunities for research, production and demonstration.

Gothic Arch Greenhouses has long been a supporter of horticultural programs in schools, from elementary programs through college settings. To learn more about designing a greenhouse program for your needs, please call us at 1-800-531-4769 or visit www.GothicArchGreenhouses.com.

Why Greenhouses in Schools Are Important

Gothic Arch Greenhouse School Greenhouse Education CareersJust what kind of impact can greenhouses have for schools? For starters, they can bring a multitude of lessons covered in the classroom to life and have a lasting influence on the students involved, making greenhouses in schools an important addition for many reasons.

Students—even those as young as elementary schoolcan see firsthand how weather affects growing conditions. Tending to plants teaches them responsibility, and they start to experience at an early age the reward of seeing your hard work blossom.

Middle schoolers may start branching out from the gardening and growing basics, conducting experiments related to temperature controls, fertilizers or even taking note of which plants may thrive in certain conditions or in their local climate.

In high school, students in horticultural programs continue to build on these lessons, possibly even developing entrepreneurial skillssuch as learning to manage costs or promoting their productsby selling the fruits of their labor.

This solid foundation could very well be preparation for entrance into a college or university horticultural program. And from there, a wealth of career options await in the field of horticulture. A horticulture degree can lead to a rewarding professional career in production, management, marketing, education and research. Graduates may also start their own businesses in fruit and vegetable production, landscape design and architecture, nurseries, greenhouses and much more.

The impact of horticulture on our everyday lives is all around us. It’s most obvious in the produce aisles of grocery stores or in farmers’ markets, but also in so many ways that we don’t readily see.

Research is underway to develop better ways to grow food more efficiently, to design more effective farming equipment or to improve pest management strategies, just to name a few. Still others manage public gardens, design landscapes for commercial and residential clients, or continue to help further the industry by becoming horticulture teachers.

Funding is available to help support schools who want to use a greenhouse to complement their curricula. Grants can be obtained through school systems, local gardening centers and even federal agencies to help bring a multitude of lessons to life for students.

Gothic Arch Greenhouses is a trusted supplier and willing partner to help schools of all sizes and budgets implement a greenhouse, establishing a quality foundation of horticultural training for their students. Not only are we well-versed in helping create everything from basic entry packages to professional-level greenhouse design and support, but also we have experience in customizing and tailoring turn-key projects, even within specific climatic and design parameter needs.

To help further the many careers horticultural training can provide, please contact us at 1-800-531-4769 or visit www.GothicArchGreenhouses.com.