Annual Golf Tournament
Turfgrass Instructor Organizes Canadian First
Greenhouse Production students present research projects
The second year Greenhouse Production students at KPU School of Horticulture cut their teeth on the research world and presented posters at a mini-conference in April. Having worked for the past three months on their topics, the poster presentations came as an enjoyable end of semester celebration of the diversity of this industry. Among many other topics, subjects of study were as diverse as:
- Designing and building a home-scale system for creating bio-char
- The use of Effective Micro-organisms on the growth of radish
- Is there a future in plasma lighting for greenhouse production?
- Can micro-greens be grown in soil that would meet vegan criteria?
- What are the options for commercial roof-top greenhouse production in Langley or other BC cities?
- Does birch tree extract offer a control for Phytophthora infestans?
These investigative learning projects provide students opportunity to look into the joys and frustrations of doing research and offer a chance to develop critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. For some it is also a time to consider if research holds a future career option for them, or if they prefer to get involved in commercial production.
KPU School of Horticulture hosts entrepreneur delegation from India
On March 27, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) School of Horticulture hosted a touring group of entrepreneurs from the world of agribusiness in the Maharashtra State of India. Participants included:
- Dr. Bhagwanrao Kapse, consultant with the Maharashtra State Horticulture and Medicinal Plants Board
- Mr. Anil Kotecha, Director & CEO, Ghodawat Agro Pvt. Ltd.
- Mr. Vishwas Jogdand, Chairman & Managing Director, Indian Greenhouse Pvt. Ltd.
- Mr. Bobby Nimbalkar, Head-Strategic Leadership Council & Dr.Apoorva Palkar, COO Education, Sakal Media Group.
- Mr. Kevin Loyens, Senior Manager Priority Markets – India
After tours of the School of Horticulture greenhouse crops training facilities and the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture Native Microbial Bio-control technology laboratories, the group visited a local commercial greenhouse business to view the investment and production techniques employed. Mr. Lawrence Jensen of Darvonda Nurseries welcomed the group to the greenhouses and explained their production philosophies for greenhouse ornamentals and vegetable crops. Mr. Jogdand commented afterwards that there are significant business opportunities that we can partner in and that the tour of Kwantlen’s School of Horticulture and the commercial greenhouses had made the whole trip worthwhile.