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Including Horticulture in Colleges and Universities as a Curriculum That Works


For a long time now, individuals aspiring to learn a thing or two about horticulture have had to make do with YouTube videos and the limited content available on the internet. Considering the raging wave of horticulturalists across the country, we can safely assume that the trend towards horticulture is revived with a bang!

Despite their expressed interest of students towards agriculture and its sub-fields, does there seem to be a general lack of colleges and universities offering courses in this regard? The field is looked down upon by most institutes as they fail to understand the important role it plays in the development of a healthy society in the past, present and future.

“The college boasts off the best horticulture academics at the community college level currently offered in Orange County, CA.”

Amongst the limited colleges offering such qualifications, Orange Coast College springs to mind when you talk about offering a credible degree in this field. The college boasts off the best horticulture academics at the community college level currently offered in Orange County, CA. While we do cherish the success of Orange Coast College, there is also a cause of concern regarding the lack of interest shown by other colleges and universities.


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Horticulture is nothing new. It has been a part of our history since the Civilization era. Our ancestors used to delve on the concepts of horticulture to earn a living for their families and contributed positively to the agrarian economy. Now that citizens, especially the younger generation, have started comprehending the importance of horticulture and how it will impact the current and future generations, there is a genuine renewed need for educational institutions to provide credible courses that will help interested individuals that are eager to learn about this age-old practice.

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Create a Movement!

By following practices related to horticulture, students will not only earn a living for themselves but will also assist the general public in the movement towards a healthier and better lifestyle for everyone. Considering that all great initiatives start with small steps, we can work together to help create a movement by incorporating the skills of interested people in cultivating a garden somewhere. The new way of living a healthy lifestyle is here, and it starts by knowing what you’re eating by reaping the fruits of your own efforts and hard work.

Is offering horticulture as a course in colleges and universities are unparalleled and unlike anything we have seen in the past? Imagine the concept of different curriculums for different seasons of the year; separate courses for Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Each of these courses will delve into the details of cultivating in the upcoming season.

The drive to plan for the future will lay the foundation stones for a world of eager horticulturists that understand the responsibility on their shoulders, and then work tirelessly to achieve it.


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Is it possible for universities to also customize the course to make it sophisticated by incorporating elite working gardens to help students learn agriculture? The activities will be interactive and fun since students could implement what they learn in their own space at home. This would create a chain of healthy living as able students would share their knowledge with others and motivate them to work together to grow new healthy communities.

“Imagine a future that lies in the development of urban institutions, hotels and buildings filled with organic gardens, handled by the abilities of those who have achieved this education today.”

 

The course can implement a set of pre-requisites that enlighten students about the responsibility that lies on their shoulder. These courses will teach much more than just gardening, as they lead students into the future of healthy living. Imagine a future that lies in the development of urban institutions, hotels and buildings filled with organic gardens, handled by the abilities of those who have achieved this education today. Every college and university needs to understand the pivotal role they are currently playing in the move towards a brighter and healthier future. Can they kick start a movement by incorporating this course into their academic structure? Wouldn’t that be cool and work for everyone.

 


About the Author: Carlo Desierto is a serial entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in business startups. He has founded, built intrinsic value, and sold several companies in which he sits as an adviser for the Board of Directors. Carlo has interviewed over 200+ entrepreneurs and published mini-biographies for new digital media channels relating to entrepreneurship, health, self-help, futurology, and the green industry.


 

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