Alum of the Month: Dana Diers, Grower – Horticulturist at Johnson’s Nursery, Inc. in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Dana Diers graduated in Agronomy and Horticulture in May 2015.  Dana is from Fairfield, Iowa.

Dana’s major job responsibilities are Winter Greenhouse Tomato Production and Propagation Technician.  During the in-season her responsibilities are Container Tree Production Lead and Field Production, Plant Maintenance and Fertility/Cover Crop Planning.

We asked Dana what she likes most about her position.  The variety — I am able to be involved in some way with every aspect of nursery production and I continue to learn new things every day.  I like to help make sound decisions in order to bring high quality plants to the end user.  And of course there is nothing better than working outside with PLANTS.

Following is the advice Dana offers to current students:  Learn to always have an appreciation for plants, nature and the world around you.  The ability to grow comes from diverse experiences, meeting new people, and challenging yourself through it all.  Immerse yourself in everything you can even if it scares you.  Join clubs, compete in the competitions, and always give your best effort!  Your potential is what you make of it.  When you believe in yourself good things will come.