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Careers in HORTICULTURE FOOD ENVIRONMENT Vegetable Culture Ornamental Horticulture Fruit Culture Landscape Architecture Horticulture Applied Plant Science Agronomy Forestry Production Nursery • Growing plants in containers or fields • Sold on wholesale market www.networlddirectory.com • Propagation by seed, cuttings, or grafting (ex: fruit trees) • Plants grown: www.treenurseries.us – Trees (shade, fruit, evergreen) – Container plants (annuals and perennials) • Career examples: Propagator, Field Supervisor, Sales and Marketing Landscape Contracting and Architecture • Landscape Contracting – Constructing, establishing and www.milieu-design.com maintaining landscapes that range from small residential projects to large commercial projects • Landscape Architecture – Focuses to design large, public spaces that have environmental, socio- behavioral and ecological benefit – http://www.dcp.ufl.edu/landscape /www.gaialandscapedesignbackgrounds.net Landscape Maintenance • Caring for established landscape • Mowing, spraying, fertilization, pruning, weed control, and planting • Excellent way to begin a successful business if knowledgeable about plants • Career examples: crew supervisor, salesperson Plant and Seed Producers • Commercial growers of ornamental and vegetable crops • Develop new cultivars and propagate plants • Career opportunities: plant breeder, propagator, independent grower, salesperson and dealer Retail Nursery (Garden Center) • Plants and items to care for plants sold directly to consumers • Can be part of a chain store or independently owned • Career examples: buyer, landscape designer, plant technician www.bigmoosemedia.com www.tonysgarden.com /www.whitneysfarm.com Wholesale Florist • Merchandizes cut flowers and related goods • Work closely with retail flower shops • Career examples: manager, buyer, sales farm4.static.flickr.com www.amystewart.com Retail Florist • Sells cut flowers and houseplants (foliage plants, flowering plants, container gardens) and terrariums • Main markets include weddings and formal occasions • Career examples: manager/owner, designer Arboretum, Botanical and Horticultural Gardens • Plant collections for study by the general study by everyone both in and outside of the horticultural field • Arboretum – collection of trees in a natural setting • Botanical garden – plant collection habitat • Horticultural garden – many horticultural plant varieties arranged to be aesthetically pleasing • Career examples: writer, researcher, propagator, educational director, librarian, curator, greenhouse manager Marketing • Cleaning, grading, packing, applying chemicals or treatments to reduce spoilage and damage in transit • Career examples: sales agency, broker, post- harvest physiologist, marketing and promotional organization Horticultural Areas • Horticultural Therapist – Helps individuals with heath problems and disabilities – Works with the physically and mentally disabled, nursing home and mental intuition patients, and those with learning disabilities • Consultant – Advises growers and industry professionals • Communicator in Horticulture – Prepares and presents educational presentations to the media and garden clubs – Writes magazine or newspaper articles relating to plants More Horticultural Areas • Plant Inspector – Participates in activities designed to prevent spread of pests and monitor populations – Inspect shipments coming into the country – Jurisdictions at the local, state, and federal levels (ex: USDA-APHIS) /courses.cit.cornell.edu Careers Related to Academia • Agriculture Education Teacher – High school, technical schools, community college, arboreta, public gardens • Cooperative Extension Agent/Horticultural Specialist – Work as part of the agricultural department for a land grant university to provide information to the public and to local farmers – Works with 4-H, home gardeners, commercial producers, processors and distributors of horticultural crops Careers Related to Academia www.ars.usda.gov • Professor – Teaches and does research at the university level different disciplines of horticulture • Research Scientist / Technician / Assistant – Works to improve horticulture crops through research and develops more economical and effective techniques for all aspects of crop production Announcements • Thank you for bringing in food from your garden. – Don’t forget your serving dish! • Garden Evaluation #5 will be postponed to the week of Dec. 5/6 (last day of class) • Quiz #4 is Dec. 5/6 (last day of class) • NO FINAL EXAM!
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