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Alum of the Month: Christina Riessen, Perennial Production Person at Bachman’s Inc.

Christina Riessen graduated in Horticulture and Agriculture & Life Sciences Education (teacher certification option) in December 2014.  Christina is from Schleswig, Iowa. Christina’s major job responsibilities are assisting the perennial production manager in overseeing a crew to ship, plant and maintain container perennials.  When the department is at a low point, she aids with greenhouse,…


2018 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day

The 2018 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day is on Monday, August 6th, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  http://www.extension.iastate.edu/vegetablelab/2018-fruit-and-vegetable-field-day-0


Congratulations to Lisa Orgler

Do you need a break from your busy summer routine?  Take a moment and visit our very own Lisa Orgler’s award winning blog https://www.papergardenworkshop.com.  Lisa has recently received 2 awards for her blog from the Association for Garden Communicators.  She received the GWA 2018 Media Awards Silver Medal for Writing on a Blog and the GWA 2018…


Andrew Ruppier joins Dr. Diana Cochran’s research staff

“I joined the Horticulture Department at Iowa State University in April.  Before coming to Iowa State, I served as a member of the United States Air Force as a C-130 crew member and chaplain assistant.  After leaving active duty, I received a BS degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Drake University in Des Moines,…


Instructors of organic agriculture tour Good Earth Student Farm, June 12

On June 11-12, sixteen instructors of Organic Agriculture from across the U.S. met for a two-day workshop at Reiman Gardens prior to the NACTA conference.         Hosts were Moriah Bilenky (Horticulture), Brandon Bruhn (Animal Science) and Rachel Tan (Hort/Agronomy).


Associate Dean David Acker honored for Mpirigiti Rural Training Center

An the annual spring banquet on April 22, 2018, students and faculty honored Dr. David Acker, Associate Dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, for his leadership in the building of the Mpirigiti Training Center in Kamuli, Uganda.  Dr. Acker was a key member of a team that created the Center for Sustainable…


Department of Horticulture Welcomes Newest Faculty Member

Grant Thompson earned bachelor’s degrees in horticulture and landscape architecture in 2007 from Iowa State University.  After graduating, Grant worked as an associate and project landscape architect at Genus Landscape Architects in Des Moines, earning his professional license in 2011.  Grant was involved with many sustainable design and ecologically sensitive projects including restoration efforts at…


Alum of the Month: Heather Lappe, Wright Outdoor Solutions

Heather Lappe graduated in Horticulture in December 2016.  Heather is from Marion, Iowa. Heather’s major job responsibilities are:  Working as a design associate.  Heather’s responsibilities include measuring sites, putting together basemaps and designs, shadowing designers, working on/with crews, and any other learning opportunities that arise. We asked Heather what she likes most about her position. …


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