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The following options are offered in the Department of Horticulture curriculum:
For a complete of curriculum requirements: Horticulture Group Requirements 2012-2013 (PDF)
Department of Horticulture students participate in university-wide academic programs including the Honors Program, Undergraduate Research Assistant program and Women in Science and Engineering program. These programs are directed toward students demonstrating high grade point averages and provide unique opportunities for independent study and research.
by Kevin Duerfeldt and Cynthia Haynes
Since 2010 Iowa State University (ISU) has partnered with Gifft Hill School (GHS) on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands to provide a school gardening/service-learning program known as the EARTH Program (Education And Resiliency Through Horticulture). The goals of the program are to:
Each semester horticulture students from ISU spend 12 weeks at Gifft Hill School working with 6, 7, and 8th grade students. The ISU students prepare lessons and guide a weekly EARTH lab. They also build and maintain landscaping/gardening projects and work with local experts to learn more about tropical horticulture and plant ecology.
During the fall of 2011 Linley Davidson and Karie Verba were selected as interns.
As her intern project, Linley completed landscape designs for entrances at both the elementary school and high school. These designs combine tropical ornamental and edible plants to create a landscape that is both visually appealing and provides food for youth at GHS. Karie worked with a group of GHS students to research native and culturally significant plants and production techniques used by early settlers of the island. They then planted a newly installed terraced garden with plants like cassava, pigeon peas, false guava, and sorrel. Linley and Karie also attended a permaculture workshop at the Ridge to Reef Farm on St. Croix with EARTH program director (2011), Jennifer Bousselot and program coordinator, Sarah Haynes. At the workshop interns observed sustainable agriculture practices used to produce tropical fruits and vegetables on small Caribbean islands.
Spring 2012 interns included Melissa Irizarry and Kellie Walters. Kellie and Mellissa attended the Agriculture fair on St. Thomas, which featured vendors selling local produce, hand made crafts, and plants. In addition to her teaching activities, Kellie completed a packet of lesson plans and learning objectives to be used when coordinating EARTH labs between grade levels. Melissa created a reference manual of plants, pests, and diseases found in the gardens to help orient future interns.
This past spring program director (2012) Cindy Haynes and Jennifer Bousselot offered Hort 282, Educating Youth Through Horticulture and 494 service learning credits. Through this class nine students went to St. John during spring break where they delivered experiential learning activities to K/1, 4th, and 11th grade students at Gifft Hill School. Students also toured an organic farm that produces micro greens for restaurants, the USDA agriculture experiment station, and hiked to petroglyphs carved by Taino Indians.
Dave Minner spent 6 months on St. John developing partnerships with ISU EARTH students, Gifft Hill faculty and staff, University of the Virgin Island, and the St. John Community.