This just came in from the Come Alive Outside executive director:
Judging and voting for the Design Challenge has come to a close and we’re very pleased to announce that in an extremely close contest, BYU-Idaho is the First Place Winner of the 2014-2015 Design Challenge. The final scores were determined by totaling the scores from the judges, plus additional points from the public voting process. Remarkably, after totaling the scores, only two points separated the teams, with a tie for second place!
1) BYU-IDAHO= 215 Points
2) NC STATE= 213 Points
2) OREGON STATE= 213 Points
BYU-Idaho will receive a $1000 donation towards the construction of the project, to be awarded during your fundraising campaign. NC State and Oregon State will each receive a donation of $750 towards the construction of their projects.
We are so proud of our students' hard work. This has been a great experience for everyone involved. The opportunity to work with the high school students at Madison was invigorating and we look forward to getting this construction project started!
Some of the judges comments include:
And if you missed our video before, here it is again.
In celebration of their 20th anniversary, the Idaho Falls Community Garden Association is sponsoring a free talk and a daylong seed school with Bill McDorman, founder of High Altitude Seeds and Seeds Trust and former executive director of Native Seed Search.
The talk on Friday is free, but the cost of the seminar on Saturday is $75, including lunch. Registration is limited to 25 participants and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Partial scholarships for the seed school are available to all students who register for the daylong seminar. Bill is a passionate and knowledgeable presenter who inspires his audiences to rejoin the ritual of seed saving. Sign up today to ensure a spot for this outstanding seminar!
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Bill is Executive Director and co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance (RMSA), a new non-profit seed conservation organization serving the Rocky Mountain West. He was previous director of Native Seeds/SEARCH in Tucson and has founded 3 seed companies including High Altitude Gardens and co-founded several non-profits including the Sawtooth Botanical Garden in Hailey, Idaho. He is author of Basic Seed Saving. Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance has created an innovative week-long training called Seed School, the educational center-piece of RMSA, which has graduated over 600 Seed Citizens since its inception in September of 2010. It was recently adapted so that it could also be presented in a one-day format called SEED SCHOOL IN A DAY. Casey O'Leary, a passionate seed producer and steward from the Snake River Seed Cooperative in Boise, will be instructing alongside Bill.
Seed School In A Day topics will cover seed saving, biology, terminology, cleaning and storage, seed enterprises (exchanges, libraries, and businesses), and more. Hands-on activities are balanced with engaging lectures for a diverse learning experience.To learn more about SEED SCHOOL IN A DAY and to register for the seminar visit the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance website at rockymountainseeds.org (click on this link to go straight to the registration page)
This is a great opportunity for students, alumni, and faculty. Don't miss out!
Have you heard about Come Alive Outside? If you were living under a rock last semester maybe you missed it. Don't worry, keep reading and you'll be all caught up.
So what is it? From the Come Alive Outside website:
When you think back to your childhood, what do you remember? Is it that one Saturday when you sat in the living room and watched reruns all day? Or is it something that happened outside? Maybe the first time you caught a fish? What about that time when you came home so muddy that your mom had to spray you off with the hose before she even let you into the garage? Remember that tree you used to sit under? How about that one snowman that didn’t melt for two whole months?
Come Alive Outside is a reminder of what works. It is a reminder of what makes our lives healthy and our memories special. Over the past three years, these three words have inspired individuals, families, business and communities across North America to take action to get back outdoors. The Come Alive Outside initiative was started by Jim Paluch in 2010, in response to the sedentary, indoor lifestyle that is contributing to a multitude of adverse effects in our society.
BYU-Idaho was honored to collaborate with the Come Alive Outside initiative and have Jim Paluch join our Come Alive Outside celebration October 8, 2014. This was a day to share with the entire campus and community what the BYU-Idaho Horticulture department is passionate about: being outside! We partied in the gardens with apple catapults, zip lines, rope swings, slack lines, zumba, and more. A party isn't complete without food, and we ate well with fresh pressed apple cider (using apples right from our orchard), a potato bar, and pizzas made fresh in the brick oven at Patsy's Porch. To top it off we were privileged to listen to Mr. Paluch share his experiences with working outside and why we need to encourage everybody to spend more time outside.
Here's a taste of what our Come Alive Outside celebration looked like:
But there's more to all of this than simply playing outside. It's about creating spaces to enjoy being in nature, but also creating spaces outside for imaginative play. That's where the "Come Alive Outside Design Challenge" comes in. Last year our design/build students participated in the pilot program. They worked with students from Madison High School to design a new playground for BYU-Idaho’s preschool. Check out what they did here.
This year the Design Challenge became a design competition, and you better believe that BYU-Idaho is a top competitor!
From the Come Alive Outside website:
The Come Alive Outside Design Challenge creates the opportunity for college, high school, elementary and pre-school students to work together with landscape professionals to design and build engaging outdoor learning environments at schools and childcare facilities. In 2014-2015 the Design Challenge is being completed by nine teams in communities across North America, with college horticulture and landscape design students helping to bring together the partners in each community that work to create the opportunity for young people to interact with nature!
Take a look at what was created for this year's design competition:
BYU-Idaho is one of the 3 finalists for the competition. The judging process is currently underway and you can be a part of it! The winners will be determined through a combination of scores from a professional Judging Panel and the results of a popular vote. The winning team will receive $1000 to go towards the construction of the project.
Did you read that??? We can win ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. All it takes is a simple click. Your vote only counts once so after you're done voting spread the word and help us lock in that coveted first place.
To vote click here.
Classes for Winter 2015 are well under way. We want to remind all of you about the Horticulture program’s website, byuihorticulture.weebly.com. This website contains scholarship information and internship/job postings. The horticulture website also contains a blog that is updated frequently with articles about trips, companies, grad schools, and current industry information.
We also want to remind you what the department has to offer. We have 5 greenhouses that you are welcome to visit anytime between 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. These greenhouses are a great place to relax and eat lunch, or even just a quiet place to study. If you need a plant to bring home or a floral arrangement for your table, we have everything you need. There is a garden center located in the greenhouses and a floral shop located in BEN 147. Both locations do their best to accommodate you and make sure you have everything you need, including the ability to charge to your I-card so that you can pay at your leisure.
There is a long list of industry field trips that students go on as well as our numerous courses that teach the newest industry concepts. If you have any pictures or information about the classes you're taking, trips, etc. please share them with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let's make this semester a great one!
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.