Students from the Department of Applied Plant Science gathered last night in camaraderie with fellow students and faculty. We ate Steak, we drank fresh apple juice, and we were merry with all. Nine student received awards that night for excellence in their prospective degrees.When you see them in hallways and classes remember to congratulate these students on there hardwork.
· Agriculture Education
o Steton Johnson
o Holly Jones
· Agronomy Crop Soil Science
o Chad Blackburn
o Sara Cortopassi
o Terik Birch
· Horticulture Design/Build/Maintain
o Dan Quakenbush
o Leanne Thompson
· Horticulture Floral Design
o Monika Hawker
· Horticulture Production
o Zak Noriega
Do you know what time of year it is? The Department Social is here. Join the whole Department for an awards ceremony followed by a delicious steak dinner prepared by Daniel Dewey on October 22nd. To celebrate fall and the coming holiday we will be having a COSTUME OPTIONAL party with hot apple cider, popcorn and festive games. Please RSVP and bring your Immediate families(no roommates). Meet us at 5:30 in BEN 287
A Museum is defined as an institution dedicated to the culture, research, and exhibition of objects of lasting importance and value. We strive to uphold that standard, and it's not often you find a museum that allows you not only to touch the displays but also eat them. The Apple Orchard Museum was started in 1980, and has amassed over 400 trees containing 150 different varieties dating from the 1700s to present day genetics. The Museum is open to the public from dawn to dusk. We invite everybody and anybody to come see the many seasons of the orchard. There are so many varieties to choose from, you're bound to find your favorite. Apples are $.50/lb, and weighed at the Northwest entrance. We accept checks and I-Card, and you will need to bring your own bags and boxes. Come as a family or come as friends you'll always have a good time.
AAS stands for All American Selections® and their Mission Statement is “To promote new garden varieties with superior garden performance judged in impartial trials in North America.” AAS is a non-profit organization that takes new varieties and tests them all over the North American continent. Once these seeds are tested AAS judges score each seed based on bloom/harvest, disease/pest tolerance, colors/flavors, total yield, length of flowering/harvest, and overall performance. After finding out which seeds had the highest average score the judges weigh in to decide which seeds are AAS Winners. Gardeners can trust that these AAS Winners will perform well all across North America. We participate in the trialing of these seeds along with many other schools like Colorado State University, Miami University, University of Wisconsin, and Washington State University. Students plant these seeds in mid to late winter, depending on the culture of the species, using a germination chamber. After germination the continue to grow in greenhouse 2 & 3. In the spring the plants are planted in our dedicated AAS Display Garden between the South side of the Thomas E. Ricks Building and the North side of the Apple Orchard Museum. Our garden can also be read about here on the AAS Website.
Iseli Nursery is located in Boring, OR just 20 minutes east of Portland in the Willamette Valley. The Nursery's location is a huge key in their success as a Dwarf Conifer grower. They receive free water from the city of Sandy that is drained into large ponds and the Nursery is also located on a main shipping line for freighters. Chris Wright a senior studying Production Horticulture has just completed his internship at Iseli Nursery. He stayed at the intern house on the edge of the nursery property. There are 8 divisions in the company and every two weeks the interns move in rotation to a new division. Chris’s favorite task in the nursery was taking inventory on the entire 400 acre nursery. Chris worked from 7 am-4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Hands-on experience is what Chris feels he gained most from his internship; he also learned how to “properly” stake a maple, “Those 1 gallons can be very frustrating.” When he wasn't working, Chris and his fellow interns explored places like the International Rose Test Garden, Rose Festival, Portland and all of its cuisine choices, and Multnomah Falls. His advice for anybody doing an internship is “Be prepared to work hard and learn as much as you can from the people you work with […] be social and stay positive.”
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.