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Horticulture

WE HAVE THE WINNERS!!

skills canada 2015
On Wednesday April 15 Kwantlen had two horticulture teams competing at the Skills Canada BC Provincial competition at the TRADEX Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford.
The Diploma students were Sarah Pucek and Richard Blackwell and the 4th Year Apprenticeship students were Dillon Mennie and Mori Okada.
Both teams had been working at the Field Lab after class , on weekends and together as a team preparing for the event. An early start at 7:00 am and then 6 hours of hard work and effort all the while being observed by the over 8000 high school students, industry and public attendees culminated in two fantastic garden installations .
Both teams were commended by the judging committee on their strong skills and team work demonstrated throughout the competition.
The final results at the awards ceremony were met with one of the loudest and most enthusiastic cheers and applause.
The 1st place finish and gold medal winners were, Sarah Pucek and Richard Blackwell
2nd place and the silver medals were awarded to Dillon Mennie and Mori Okada.

Congratulations to all the students for taking on the challenge of the competition. The next stage will be the Skills Canada National Competition in Saskatoon May 27 – 30 for the gold medal team.
 

Horticulture Hosting Young Agrarians Meeting

 

young agrarian meeting
KPU School of Horticulture hosted the last in the series of the "Rockstar Farmer" workshops at their Langley campus recently. Organised by Sara Dent and Kristen Nammour of BC Young Agrarians, in partnership with Langley Sustainable Agriculture Foundation (LSAF), the full-day event welcomed 90 delegates to listen to Kelowna horticultural entrepreneur Curtis Stone share his experiences of what it means to use SPIn farming techniques to build about $85,000 in sales from about 1/3 acre of land. Delegates were presented with an open and honest appraisal of 'how to's' (and how not to's!) for this relatively new model of urban agriculture from Curtis' 5 years' experience.

It all starts with the soil!

starts with the soil

Steve Trotter of 'The Answer Garden Products', in Abbotsford BC, recently hosted our students to discuss the use of municipal green-waste as an ingredient in sustainable, renewable growing media. Taking 'waste' from a number of local municipalities (as well as other sources), The Answer spend about 3 months of careful management composting a wide range of bio-degradable inputs into high quality products for use in the landscape industry.
"Being able to visit industry partners such as 'The Answer' is invaluable for students in KPU's horticulture programs as it brings the classroom theory and school practicals into real-world application” says Gary Jones,
department Co-Chair and instructor of the Organic Greenhouse Production course. "It also provides our students with opportunities to network with potential employers and to decide where their future personal careers may be headed in such a diverse and rewarding industry that horticulture is.
We love to visit commercial businesses like 'The Answer' and connect with people like Steve who freely give back to the next generation of horticulturists. Likewise, industry partners like this have opportunity to connect with future potential employees – it's a win-win for all concerned."

Horticulture Career Fair 2015 - Branching Out

carrier day
February 5th saw KPU’s School of Horticulture present its annual ‘Branching Out’ Career Fair. 25 employers met with around 60 students in short ‘speed-dating’ sessions where each could explore the suitability between career opportunities and graduates of the Horticulture Diploma programs. What a time to network!


Thank you for all the care, the time, and dedication ...

"Thank you for all the care, the time, and dedication you put into your teaching. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to attend KPU’s  School of Horticulture. I have spent quite a lot of my adult life in continuing education as I had to adopt to life circumstances  and constant technological changes but I have never felt so well prepared as now to apply what I have learnt from my studies.
The diversity of your teaching styles of your personalities and interest have made the last two and a bit years a lot of fun while your different expertizes have provided me with a deep respect for the natural world."
Anne Worall
Diploma program graduate, 2014