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Horticulture

  • Location: East Campus (Oley)
    Instructor: 
    Kelly Piccioni
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    CIP Code: 01.0601

Aquaponics at BCTC

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    BCTC's Horticulture Program has a unique aquaponics system. Aquaponics blends together the technology of hydroponics and fish rearing methods of aquaculture. Based upon the nitrogen cycle, the fish produce essential nutrients for the plants, and in return, the plants filter the water. This sustainable technology allows for organic growing of crops like lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and carrots. Horticulture students work closely with Culinary students to plan menus and schedule the crops for proper harvest. This cross collaboration helps build networking skills while implementing a 21st century business model.

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  • Program Entrance Recommendations:

    Reading at grade level
    Algebra I or Geometry
    Problem solving/troubleshooting skills
    Ability to work independentlyand in a team
    Hand-eye coordination
    Mechanical aptitude

    Career Pathways

    Nursery Worker
    Nursery & Greenhouse Manager
    Floral Designer
    Landscaping and Groundskeeping Worker
    Horticulture & Nursery Sales
    Horticulture Grower / Greenhouse
    Aquaponics
    Environmental Resource Management
    Sustainable Technology
    Golf Course Superintendent
    Landscape Designer
    Garden Center Manager
    Arborist

  • Horticulture is a program offering the student an opportunity to pursue a career interest in any one or combination of the major areas of horticulture: Turfgrass Establishment and Maintenance, Landscape Design, Construction and Maintenance, Greenhouse Crop Production and Floral Design. In addition all students will become members of FFA and have an opportunity to benefit from leadership activities and competitions.

    Turfgrass Establishment and Maintenance involves the study of turfgrasses; soil identification and amendments; seasonal lawn maintenance and installation tasks; pest control and the establishment of lawns. This discipline also includes the operation of lawn equipment and small engine repair, preventative maintenance, tune-up procedures, blade sharpening and equipment overhaul.

    Landscape Design, Construction and Maintenance includes the principles of landscape design; the study and maintenance of ornamental shrubs and trees, perennials, annuals, bulbs, and fruit trees; corrective and seasonal pruning; propagation;  the installation of segmental walls, walkways, patios, low voltage lighting and water features; garden installation and equipment operation.

    Greenhouse Crop Production includes the study of greenhouse structures and operation; soils; fertilization; propagation; watering; pest control; inventory; crop scheduling and greenhouse crop care and sales.

    Floral Design includes the study of floral shop practices; fresh, silk, and dried floral arranging; holiday and special occasion designs, wedding design work, houseplant care, and trends in the floral industry.

    New to the Horticulture Program is an aquaponics system. Aquaponics blends together the technology of hydroponics and fish rearing methods of aquaculture. Based upon the nitrogen cycle, the fish produce essential nutrients for the plants, and in return, the plants filter the water. This sustainable technology allows for organic growing of crops like lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and carrots. Horticulture students work closely with Culinary students to plan menus and schedule the crops for proper harvest. This cross collaboration helps build networking skills while implementing a 21st century business model.

    Students in the Horticulture program gain invaluable experience by landscaping the grounds of the student built house project, maintaining portions of the campus, creating seasonal floral arrangements for customers, working on community service projects, and engaging in the production and sale of bedding plants each spring.

    Students in this program should be proficient in the following math skills: calculating with fraction operations, computing linear measurements, computing liquid measurements, computing square feet and cubic dimensions, solving ratio problems, and using basic geometry.

    Industry Certifications:

    PA Certified Horticulturist (PCH)
    PA Pesticide Applicator Certification
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification 

    Program Requirements/Costs (approximate):

    Please use the Order Supplies link for the approximate costs of the Textbooks, Tools & Supplies, and Uniforms for this program.

    Industry certification testing fees - $95*
    FFA Membership - $15

    * BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.

College Advanced Credits


Books

HORTICULTURE All Horticulture Students

HORTICULTURE Floral Design

HORTICULTURE Greenhouse

HORTICULTURE Landscaping

Current Horticulture News

  • Alan Bauman

    Posted by Abby Showalter on 4/20/2018

    Alan Bauman Alan Bauman is a senior from Boyertown High School and a top student in BCTC's Horticulture program. After graduation, he will attend Penn State Berks for Plant Sciences. 

    One of Alan's favorite things about the Horticulture program is working in the greenhouse. His career goal is to work for a local greenhouse. 

    Alan recommends attending BCTC to friends and up-and-coming freshmen because "It's a great way to find your career direction, find out if you like a certain career path, and meet new people from all different school districts." 

    Alan working on wreath  Alan grew up on a farm and in his spare time he is exploring beekeeping. Over last summer he assisted the horticulture program by visiting the aquaponics system to feed fish and perform water testing. 

    Alan was also recently featured as a young Agricultural Leader in Berks County by the Reading Eagle

    There are great things in Alan's future! 

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