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Alum of the Month: Adam Thoms, Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State

Adam Thoms graduated in Horticulture with Turfgrass Option in May 2006.  Adam is from Waverly, Iowa. Adam’s major job responsibilities are teaching Sports Turf Management and Irrigation classes, conduct turfgrass research, and serve as the Turfgrass Extension Specialist for Iowa. We asked Adam what he likes most about his position.  I really enjoy interacting with…


Congratulations to the ISU Horticulture Club MACHS 2018 Participants

Last week the Horticulture Club traveled to Fort Collins, CO to participate in the 2018 MACHS (Mid-America Collegiate Horticultural Society) annual competition.  MACHS is a society created to promote an awareness of the profession of Horticulture, to create a medium of communication for Horticultural students, and to exchange club and professional ideas.  Along with the…


Make Plans to Attend the Horticulture Field Day

Join Iowa Public Radio for a field day at the ISU Horticulture Research Station on Saturday, September 29th from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.  We’ll have farm tours, apple sorting demos, kid’s games, high tunnel tours, and a farmer’s market.  You’ll have a chance to meet and ask YOUR horticulture questions of Charity Nebbe, host of…


The Department of Horticulture was prominent at the 4th Annual Local Foods Festival, held on central campus, on September 19, 2018

Over 2,000 students and ISU/community members tasted local foods from some of the 30 vendors, including the ISU Horticulture Club, the Horticulture Farm, and the Organic Ag Program.  Horticulture students also participated in the Good Earth Student Farm booth.  Festival-goers learned about organic and horticultural practices while sampling apples from the Hort Farm and taking…


2018 Turfgrass Field Day September 11th

What a great day for the Iowa State University Field Day.  Close to 200 participants made their way to the ISU Horticulture Research Station to learn about turfgrass management from one of the best “turf teams” in the country.  And can you believe this was Dr. Christians’ 40th field day?  Quite the run Nick.  Congratulations! …


Fulbright Scholar Learns about Iowa’s Community Farmers

Theo (Thanh) Nguyen is a new graduate student from Vietnam, working on his M.S. in Horticulture.  Theo originally applied for his Fulbright scholarship two years in advance of arriving for Fall semester 2018 at Iowa State.  For his thesis, Theo is examining the impact of community gardens/farms on Iowa’s immigrant communities.  Farmers he has connected…


Alum of the Month: Chris Hickman, Golf Course Superintendent, The Falls at Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort

Chris Hickman graduated in Horticulture in May 2006.  Chris is from Larchwood, Iowa. Chris’s major job responsibilities since being hired, initially he was responsible for overseeing the construction and grow-in phases of the 18 hole Golf Course.  He is now responsible for everything associated with the maintenance of the golf course and resort grounds.  This…


Another Successful Fruit and Vegetable Field Day

The 2018 Fruit and Vegetable Field Day attracted close to 135 people and was well received.  The event served as a great platform for grower questions, discussions, and networking opportunities.  There were many research projects that were highlighted in addition to equipment demonstrations.  Thanks to Nick Howell and his crew at the Horticulture Station, farm…


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


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