Why study horticulture?
Plants are important to our everyday life, from the fruit and vegetables we eat, to the trees that make our parks and streets beautiful to the turf we play sports on or just lounge about on, to flowers that brighten up our gardens and homes. This opens a huge range of potentially rewarding career paths - you might even say there's a place in it for every interest and aptitude.
The diversity of the horticulture industry creates a multitude of career choices, such as:
- Landscape Design, Installation, and/or Maintenance
- Commercial Greenhouse Production, or Sales
- Garden Center Management, or Retail Sales
- Nursery Production, or Sales
- Fruit & Vegetable Production, and/or Sales
- Turf grass Production, Installation, and/or Maintenance
- Pest Management
Skills Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture
The Sustainable Agriculture Skills Certificate is designed to provide small farmers and gardeners with the necessary skills to develop and manage a sustainable food production operation. Students will study soil nutrient management, composting, and erosion control methods, as well as vegetable, fruit, and livestock production methods. Beekeeping and commercial applicator licensing are also optional components of the program.
For more information about required courses, click Advising Worksheet.
Horticulture Program Instructor