URBAN HORTICULTURE AND LANDSCAPE PROGRAM IN AURORA, CO
Veronika Tucker, Urban Horticulture and Landscape Student
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The Urban Horticulture and Landscape Program is designed to prepare the student for entry-level employment in four specialty areas of this field: landscape, greenhouse, nursery and interior plantscaping.
Coursework includes instruction about the materials, operations and business practices in each of these areas. All students complete the horticulture core and elective coursework as approved by the instructor. Persons wishing to enter the programs other than at the start of the fall semester must have instructor approval before enrolling.
YEARS TEACHING: 9
YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 15
INDUSTRY BACKGROUND: Mike entered the world of horticulture in 2001 through his stomach, becoming interested in better quality food while teaching gardening at public schools in New York City. He spent several years as an apprentice on organic vegetable farms in the Northeast, and volunteered on farms in several countries, before being ready to begin managing farms on his own. The last farm he managed was called Farmer and the Fish, a farm to table restaurant located just north of New York City. There he grew over a hundred different varieties of vegetables year-round for the restaurant, farmers market, and subscription members. After moving to Colorado in 2017, Mike started a small landscape design business, Farmer Mike’s Home Gardens, which specializes in native and perennial plantings.
TEACHING BACKGROUND: Mike has taught gardening, horticulture, science, and agriculture to students ranging from kindergarten to college. His most exotic teaching job was at Palau Community College, in the western Pacific. There he learned to grow bananas and taro, as well as introduced a variety of cherry tomato that didn’t mind the tropical heat and humidity.
INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS AND/OR DEGREES:
BS Geology, George Washington University, 1999