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Horticulture


Merry Christmas from all of us

 

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


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.


Greenhouse Production students present research projects

Student Research

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

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.