Internship: Greenhouse Coordinator at BYU-Idaho
Hans Stokes from Kingston, Washington is a senior in the Horticulture program. He loves camping and orchids, is an avid fisherman, Eagle Scout, and a self-taught photographer.
Hans coordinates all the efforts in the Horticulture greenhouses. Some of his responsibilities include: IPM, greenhouse irrigation, greenhouse maintenance, and management of the trial gardens, orchard, and potager. He also has overseen all propagation from seeding to plugs and has managed two large retail sales this season.
Although he has a large variety of responsibilities, he has successfully found a way to manage his time. Time and employee training are some of the greatest challenges he faces on this internship. He attributes his success to the education he received while becoming a master gardener along with classes in production. During the winter semester he took classes like Landscaping with Fruits and Vegetables which taught him how to set up production schedules and propagate from seeds, cuttings, and plugs.
This internship will prepare him for a career as a grower, which he expects to pursue after he completes grad school. If there was one plant he would love to grow professionally it would be an orchid.
Hans will complete his internship Fall 2012.
Pictures taken by Hans Stokes
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.