Applied Plant Science is an all-encompassing major, you learn how to arrange flowers, landscape, and identify plants. Along with that some students choose to learn how to care and assemble their equipment. Brother Maughan teaches the small engines and compact equipment classes where students can learn the basics and more details about certain equipment.
The small engines class is for anyone and everyone who wants to learn how to care for, assemble, dissemble, and troubleshoot engines. No experience required! This skill is very helpful not only to mechanics but to everyday lawnmower users. Students work in groups as well as on their own to fix, clean, and assemble new and used engines. This class is very useful for future jobs and future home life.
Compact equipment is a little more complicated class. It is a project based class where students get to choose any type of equipment less than 50 horsepower and work on it for the semester. Some students work on go-karts, tractors, snowmobiles, and various other equipment. In this class they also work and learn about electrical, power trains, and hydraulics found on compact equipment.
In these classes students learn about the mechanics of the machinery they will be using. The classes do get pretty entertaining. Some days they pull out the grill and just have hamburgers! Majoring in Applied Plant Science always has more perks than just receiving an education.
Every year during the spring and summer months the Applied Plant Science department tries to give students the chance to have real life sale experience. One of the ways is by having booths in the farmers markets in the area. At the farmers markets we try and have a variety of different plants and produce as well as the plants from our promotional sales at the Plant Shop. This week we will have lots of air plants for our “Breath of Fresh Air” promotion. We will have tomatoes, cucumbers, hanging baskets, tomato plants, flowers, succulents, herbs and a variety of house plants available for anyone to purchase. Check out what other vendors have at the markets by reading the Rexburg and Idaho Falls blogs.
Every spring when the blossoms start to bloom, our department invites students and residents to the Apple Blossom Festival. This year we invited all to have a picnic in the orchard and join in on the activities. There was bobbing for apples from the trees, rubbing leaves, creating a leaf print on paper with crayons, and an apple tree scavenger hunt. Everyone enjoyed the warm weather, the tasty popcorn, and cotton candy. All in all the festival was a success!
Mon - Fri
$2.75 per Gal. Tomatoes
$25.00 Mixed Hanging Baskets
There are many different rooms in the greenhouses here at BYU-I, there’s the jungle room and the plant shop but have you ever wondered what was in that room across from the Plant Shop? It the Hydroponic Greenhouse, this room is full of hydroponically grown tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and recently strawberries.
So what is hydroponics, why is that different from regular growing procedures? We interviewed Jared Adamson, the manager over the hydroponics greenhouse, to shed some light on the subject. Traditionally plants get their nutrients from the soil but hydroponics is the use of water to provide the plant nutrients. At our greenhouse we use pearl light for our plants, it basically is there to stabilize the plant but it doesn’t hold any nutrient value, the water is where all of the nutrients are coming from. For hydroponic plants we supply water to the plant, and the extra water is drained off and recycled to be used again, it is very efficient and echo-friendly compared to traditional planting.
Jared Adamson, the manager over the hydroponics greenhouse, loves working with these plants and loves creating a place to see real time food production here at BYU-I. Jared is an agronomy major and got this job by sitting next to the previous manager in a class. He loves the people he works with and the warm and exciting environment, and of course he loves tomatoes.
This greenhouse is a great place to see food grow and be distributed, it’s a cool example of agriculture mixed with technology. Everyone is free to come and see and experience the hydroponics greenhouse, just don’t eat the fruit from the plants. The produce is used here in the university kitchens and sold to students. If you would like to purchase some of the produce they are sold at the Plant Shop, Plant Booth on Fridays and at the farmers markets.
Staring May 6th you can buy your own tomato plants!
Come to Tomato Mania
All Applied Plant Science Majors are invited to our Opening Social for Spring Semester!
Hosted by Metis Topiary Society
Come to the Apple Orchard May 12th at 6:30 pm for fun and food.
Dinner will be provided, there will be hamburgers, hot dogs and sides.
Please bring a dessert that will serve 10 people.
Family Members only, please no roommates.
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.