Brother Spackman’s Intro to Plant Science class (APS 122) went on an all-day field trip on March 23 to see what Idaho has to offer the Applied Plant Science students. They first traveled up to Jarome Idaho to visit Moss Greenhouse where they learned how the Moss family started the business and have kept it going for 64 years. (http://mossgreenhouses.com/history/ check out the story on their website) The next stop on their trip was to the College of Southern Idaho Fish Hatchery. There the students learned about the sturgeon and trout spawned there. Some students even got to pet the giant sturgeon fish. After stopping for subway sandwiches, the class went to the last stop of their trip, a dairy farm. At the Ackerman dairy in Murtaugh the students learned about the different feeds, different cows, and saw the process of milking the cows. While eating cheese and drinking milk, the students left for home, they had a wonderful day.
Bro. Toll, Sis. Cox, and students in the floriculture class (HORT 375) toured the horticulture industry April 5th-17th starting in San Francisco and worked all the way down to San Diego. They were able to meet with the largest companies, growers, and nurseries in the industry and see the newest plant varieties and products coming into the market.
March 23, 2016, the arboriculture class traveled down to Utah. They met with the arborist on the BYU campus (Provo) and looked at trees. Students got to see trees in a different hardiness zone than Rexburg, which means there was a greater variety of trees to look at as well as different problems, pests, and diseases to diagnose and remedy. One of the favorite plants in bloom while the class was in Utah County was the Magnolia trees and bushes. You don’t see that in Idaho!
After visiting cougar country, the class headed to Cabela’s for lunch, per Bro. Dewey’s request for bison burgers.
Before heading back to Idaho, the class stopped in West Jordan at the Jordan Valley Conservation District. Students got a tour and were able to see different experiments showing how much water stress plants can tolerate. Turns out, people over water and their plants can survive pretty well with much less. Other than being an extremely cold and rainy spring day, the trip was a good learning experience for all.
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.