Matt Arrington, a recent graduate in Production Horticulture, is now working towards his masters degree at Oregon State University. He has been working at the OSU extension in Hood River, OR for almost a year researching vegetative growth control through management practices. There are three trial plots in the Mt Hood and Mt Adams area where Matt collects data on pear trees between one and three years old. Matt is testing shoot growth, photosynthetic efficiency, and water potential by cutting one side or two sides of the root ball. Matt says “Root pruning has been done in Europe for years, but there isn't very much research backing up the practice.” This project will hopefully lead to data connecting root pruning to decreasing vigor in young trees and higher yield during harvest.
Do you ever wonder what happens to those people that graduate? Here to debunk the rumor of vanishing before you wake up the morning after graduation is three graduates who have found work and are building their lives in the Dallas, TX area at award winning Landscape Design firm, Southern Botanical. Southern Botanical is an 18 year old company nestled in the greater Dallas area that takes care of everything from landscape construction, interior plants, floral, water management, to pools. The company pride themselves on customer service and continuing education. Being in an area concerned with water conservation Southern Botanical is diligent in integrating water management practices into as much of their projects as possible. Southern Botanical has multiple certifications from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). LEED is an international recognition of excellence in practical green building design. Two of our recent graduates Ben Hardy and Hayden Orr both studied in the Design/Build/Maintain emphasis and are now Enhancement Coordinators. A third graduate Jeff Monroe works as a purchaser for large installs. Ben says that if anybody is looking for internships or careers Southern Botanical are an ever growing company. Send Ben a message at Ben.Hardy@southernbotanical.com for more information.
Christoffer “Toffer” Hansen, a senior studying Production Horticulture, spent a full year on his internship with Disney World at the Epcot Center in Orlando, FL. EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Toffer started his days at 7:30 am with cleaning greenhouses and harvesting all sorts of vegetables like cabbage, strawberries, eggplant, and tomatoes. Every day the interns were responsible for giving an hour long tour to guests, Toffer describes this experience as being both “the most exciting and stressful part of the day.” Toffer feels that the skill he improved upon the most was public speaking. As an intern giving tours you “had to come up with a tour spiel that would engage a group of people and get them interested in agriculture and what they could do themselves [at home].” Disney World also facilitated tours for the interns to see and learn different methods from nearby growers. Toffer would end his day around 4:00 pm when he would head back to the single housing that was provided by the park. Some of Toffers favorite activities included Clearwater beach, Cape Canaveral, Universal Studios, Airboat riding in the swamps, and of course Disney World park. His last bit of advice is that “there is plenty of time to have fun in the park as well as around the area, but remember the best part of the job is creating memories for the guests.”
AgReserves is an Agricultural company located in Florida, Utah, and California. They offer careers and internships in Agronomy, Horticulture, Animal Science, Agriculture Technology, and Agriculture Education. They have large production in citrus groves, nut trees, cattle, and more. AgReserves is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and includes companies like Deseret Ranches, AgriNorthwest, and Deseret Farms of California. They offer great opportunities to gain hands on experience and new cultural insights. AgReserves will be here November 6th & 7th . They will present information on the 6th in BEN 287 at 7pm. Interviews for interns will be held on the 7th from 7am to noon; a resume is a must.
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.