Landscape/Horticulture Technology

Penn College will soon be in the vegetable business

A new garden system initiative at Penn College, a cooperative venture between the Schools of Hospitality and Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, is in the process of converting unused greenhouse space into a hydroponic lettuce range and a Dutch bucket system for vine crop culture. The initial plan is to provide lettuces and other greens, tomatoes, and cucumbers to the College's dining facilities, and have fresh produce available for sale to students. The Culinary program currently offers baked goods for sale from class production; this will diversify the retail offerings to the college community. The bulk of the production will go to Le Jeune Chef, the College's fine dining restaurant and student lab. It is hoped that this venture will lead to cost savings as well as promote the "buy local" trend in the food and hospitality industry.

Hydro garden project

On the horticulture side, the hydro garden project and this addition to the greenhouse range at the Schneebeli Earth Science Campus will expand the educational opportunities for the plant production emphasis major in the Horticulture program.

In addition to the culinary arts and horticulture programs, the hydro garden will be available for participation from students across the College. Faculty and staff from other disciplines such as sustainable design, building technologies, alternative energy and health sciences have expressed interest in using the facility as a resource to incorporate into their existing curricula.

We'll keep you posted as the program grows.

A conversation with graduate Andrew Kaminski, 2011 Landscape Emphasis graduate

When did you graduate and what are you doing now?

I graduated in December 2011, and I am now employed at Glenmaura National Golf Club as their Horticulturist. Since taking over this position, I have been managing the grounds and renovating all of the beds throughout the course. The Horticulturist job duties include design of all renovations, hardscaping, installation, annual plantings, insect and disease management, and proper seasonal pruning.

Andrew Kaminski

How did Penn College prepare you for your position?

Penn College has prepared me for my career in a way that I didn't think was possible. With the hands-on experience being used every day, going out into the real world felt just like school, except now I'm getting paid to do what I love. The classes that were offered to me at Penn College gave me the knowledge to strive to take on any job. This confidence was built because of the criterion that was covered in my classes.

What would you tell current and future students about Penn College?

Penn College strives to make you successful in life. They want you to go out into the real world and show what you have learned, as well as showcase your ideas for everyone to see. Penn College isn't about being another college student enrollment number; you build friendships with your teachers and peers, which make the experience worth every penny.

Internships

Once again this summer, students had a wide range of internships with various employers ranging from Pennsylvania to as far away as Oregon. The interns worked at commercial production nurseries, landscape design/build/maintain firms, golf courses, sports fields and tree care companies.

Student next to her display

"The wide range of jobs students did enable them to bring back a wealth of knowledge to the class" says Carl Bower, horticulture instructor and intern coordinator. "Not only that, but the level of responsibility that some students were charged with this summer is a nice reminder as to the caliber of some of the students."

Fall Classes

This fall we look forward to growing more poinsettia crops in Containerized Plant Production in addition to the lettuce and tomatoes in the greenhouse. The Landscape Design class plans to have some real life projects to get the students some hands-on experience.

We have a new class scheduled this fall! Sustainable Landscape Procedures and Practices will introduce students to some new technologies to make the environment a little greener.

Share with students, parents, friends, faculty, and anyone interested in this "green career" industry.

September 2012
Upcoming Events
Attend Open House
October 28

Open House

If you'd like to learn more about our landscape/horticulture technology program, plan to visit the Schneebeli Earth Science Center and the main campus during Open House on Sunday, October 28. This is an excellent opportunity to see the full campus in action, meet faculty and staff, and view student projects.

Homecoming 2012
October 12-14
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A lush and scenic river valley. Miles of diverse trails. Extraordinary vistas. Make sure you read the Fall 2012 issue of One College Avenue to find out how to enjoy all this and more within an hour's drive from Penn College.

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