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Gary Jones B.Sc. (Nottingham), M.Sc. (Cranfield), P.Ag., F.C.I. Hort. (UK), Instructor Diploma
Gary Jones, M.Sc., is the School’s import from the U.K. horticulture world. Currently Co-Chair of the School, he is a member of the Research and Industry Development Council of the BC Greenhouse Growers Association, and previously worked the BCARA organic certification body. Gary writes a monthly column (‘Inside View’) for ‘Greenhouse Canada’ magazine.
Moving to Canada specifically to join the School, Gary has extensive industry experience having worked in the greenhouse sector, parks, field vegetables and even dabbling in the mushroom world. He helped establish a commercial micro-propagation company producing nursery plants, spent 9 years with the UK Ministry of Agriculture Advisory Service (ADAS), was ‘Field Officer’ at a salad marketing group, and enjoyed 6 years as ‘Technical Manager’ at the largest producer of bedding and potted plants in the UK.
In recent years, Gary’s interests have moved to embrace more sustainable food production models. To that end he set up the School’s monthly series of educational evenings (‘Green Wednesdays’) and was founding President of the Langley Community Farmers Market Society.
During the 2012-13 academic year, Gary worked with farmers and high school students in S.W. Uganda, looking at the African view of agriculture and food sovereignty. He also seized the opportunity to grow his first crops of upland rice (non-paddy rice), sugar cane, coffee and tea.