Bryan Randall, a junior studying production, has been fighting off the aviators swooping down to steal a taste of his small fruits garden near the orchard. Bryan is in charge of collecting data which includes the fruit of many cultivars growing on the outskirts of the orchard. Some of the types of small fruits that are there are 23 varieties of Raspberries, 16 varieties of Strawberries, and a few different cultivars of Gooseberries, Currants and Josta berries. All of the different cultivars are being researched to see how well they grow and produce fruit here in Southeast Idaho. The raspberries are almost done producing but the strawberries are starting to see a second wave of fruit. Bryan has recently put together long planters together to be positioned on top of the trellises bordering the strawberry beds. Next spring the trellises will be covered in grapes with lots of color atop of them. The strawberry beds are meant to meander through, head up there while the weather still permits it and take in the relaxing walk it creates.
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.