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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.
Attendees also took some ownership of the day and supplied food for a wonderful pot-luck lunch, served in the rustic surroundings of the School of Horticulture header-house. There was also opportunity to take in short tours of the School's greenhouses, landscape and golf course facilities before taking home fresh flowering kalanchoe potted plants (grown by horticulture students) to round off their day.
Gary Jones, Co-Chair of the School of Horticulture and instructor of 'Organic Greenhouse Production' and 'Urban Agriculture' courses at KPU, enthused about another community-industry-Kwantlen partnership that meets the needs and interests of everyone involved in the future of food production in and around Vancouver, Canada. "It's once again fantastic to work with passionate people who want to be part of providing fresh, local food in the Vancouver Fraser Valley and who all enjoy life-long learning and sharing of such an amazing industry. It is a privilege to work with Young Agrarians and LSAF to be part of such a well-received event."

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

Annual Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament

Host Assistant Cam Watt shows off his winning form off the first tee
Our Turf Club hosted their annual Golf Tournament October 4 at Redwoods GC. Host Cam Watt (Turf Grad) had the course in mint condition for the 48 players who enjoyed a great day of Texas Scramble. This event is the Turf Club’s major fund-raiser for sending students to the Victoria Turfgrass Conference.

Turfgrass Instructor Organizes Canadian First

Stan Kazymerchyk (who is in the video but not on this picture) led the recent Western Canada Turfgrass Association effort to introduce First Green to Canadian Golf Superintendents.