An all-new option for introductory horticulture or plant science courses, Horticulture Today engages students with practical information they can use and hands-on activities they perform. Written by two dynamic agriculture educators, the text provides a contemporary overview of the horticulture industry, plus thorough coverage of plant science, horticultural practices, landscape design and maintenance, and integrated pest management. In developing an appreciation for the diversity and global context of horticulture, Horticulture Today helps students to develop literacy in Green Industry careers as well as the skills they will need to succeed.
Abundant STEM Connections within the text place horticulture and plant science in a broader academic context. STEM Connections and Academic Activities at the end of each chapter provide additional reinforcement for students and assessment material for instructors.
Reading and critical thinking skills are methodically developed throughout, while special features like Corner Questions pose entertaining and thought-provoking questions that make learning fun.
To connect classroom and experiential learning, a dedicated chapter on Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) sets the stage for horticulture as an SAE focus. SAE Opportunities provided at the end of each chapter provide an additional springboard for planning and decision-making.
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Table of Contents
1. The Horticulture Industry 2. Agricultural Leadership 3. Experiential Learning: SAE 4. Communication, Critical Thinking, and Information Literacy 5. Horticultural Business Management 6. Worker and Tool Safety
7. Plant Taxonomy 8. Plant Biology 9. Plant Growth and Development 10. Environmental Conditions for Growth 11. Soils and Media 12. Plant Nutrition
13. Seed Propagation 14. Stem and Leaf Propagation 15. Layering and Division 16. Grafting and Budding 17. Tissue Culture: Micropropagagtion
18. Greenhouse Operation and Maintenance 19. Greenhouse Production 20. 21st Century Horticulture 21. Nursery Production 22. Vegetable Production 23. Fruit and Nut Production 24. Turfgrass Management
Jodi Songer Riedel - Ms. Riedel has more than fourteen years of teaching experience in agricultural education. She has instructed and created curriculum for courses in horticulture, sustainable agriculture, forestry, and environmental and natural resources. Ms. Riedel has also instructed many student teachers and has keenly observed and learned what young teachers, especially those with limited horticultural knowledge, need to successfully instruct agricultural education courses. In her Wakefield High School classroom, Ms. Riedel employs learning by doing.
Ms. Riedel also organizes and supervises urban service learning projects and Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs) in Raleigh, NC. She spends countless hours in and out of the classroom managing the school's 1800-square foot greenhouse and oversees fruit, vegetable, and ornamental gardens within the school grounds. Ms. Riedel funds and sustains her inspirational program and its efforts each year through grants and annual plant sales, cultivated by students. Ms. Riedel's dedication and enthusiasm earned her the 2010 Governor's Environmental Educator of the Year for North Carolina. She has also been awarded a distinguished Kenan Fellowship and assigned to the Governor's Teaching Network.
Elizabeth Driscoll - Ms. Driscoll holds the position of 4-H Subject-Matter Specialist across the Departments of Crop Science, Entomology, Horticultural Science and Soil Science at North Carolina State University with North Carolina Cooperative Extension. She has been working to connect youth and educators to issues in agriculture and natural resources in relevant and meaningful ways for over 15 years. Ms. Driscoll's 4-H "Grow For It" program focuses on developing resources and experiential projects that foster curious and wondering youth, inspire critical thinking and problem solving, build a positive science self-concept, connecting kids to good food and nurturing environmental stewards of the land through gardening and agriculture.
With a BS and an MS in horticultural science from Michigan State University, she actively translates agricultural research from the Land Grant Universities into hands-on, inquiry-based curricular resources to support county-based 4-H youth programs. Serving over 350 Cooperative Extension county field faculty in agriculture, horticulture, 4-H, and Family and Consumer Sciences, Ms. Driscoll uses a strong train-the-trainer approach to broadly and deeply engage audiences in their own innovative delivery of agricultural programs to youth. She leads multiple precollege programs for youth, including the Horticultural Science Summer Institute, Resource Conservation Workshop, Cultivate: Crop Science Teen Weekend, as well as other numerous youth leadership programs. Additionally, Ms. Driscoll cohosts the FoodCorps NC program with The Center for Environmental Farming Systems and many local partners to connect kids to healthy food in schools through school gardens, garden-enhanced food and nutrition education, and access to local food through farm-to-cafeteria projects.