SGTC horticulture students pick their first crop from an organic garden – Americus Times-Recorder

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From staff reports

AMERICUS — South Georgia Technical College horticulture students were able to pick their first crop of vegetables from a small raised organic garden planted earlier as part of their classroom and lab studies.

“The horticulture program isn’t just about growing flowers and greenery,” said instructor Brandon Gross. “There are 10 different specializations that students have the opportunity to earn through the Diploma and Associate Degree programs in Horticulture.”

Horticulture students at SGTC can specialize in greenhouse management, landscape installation, nursery production and management, landscape design, landscape installation, small-scale food production, landscape management, management horticultural business, irrigation and water management and turf management.

Students also learn plant identification, pest control and have the opportunity to take courses in small engine repair and maintenance as well as an internship in environmental horticulture as part of the overall program.

“The students built and planted a small raised organic garden as part of our lessons and just recently we were able to harvest our first vegetables as a result of this effort. By allowing students to get that hands-on experience, it brings the learning to life,” Gross explained.

South Georgia Technical College is currently accepting applications for the fall semester. Classes start August 18e and it’s not too late to apply. Financial assistance is available. Students interested in the horticulture program can contact instructor Brandon Gross at [email protected] or 229-931-2705.

SGTC is hosting orientation and registration for the fall semester on Tuesday, July 19e at the Americus and Crisp County Center campuses. Orientation and registration will take place at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. at the Pope Center on the Americus campus and at 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the Crisp County Center campus. Students can apply online at www.southgatech.edu.

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