April 17, 2014, Leamington, Ont. — Plant Products Leamington hosted a
lunch and visit by students and staff from Niagara College earlier this
month, one of several stops on the school's annual study tour of the region.
Teachers in the school’s horticultural program schedule a class visit to the Leamington area each year to showcase local greenhouse operations, both ornamental and vegetable.
Olga Piedrahita, coordinator of the Greenhouse Program and Horticulture Research and professor in the Greenhouse/Horticulture Programs in the Environment and Agribusiness division, and Bill MacDonald, researcher and industry liaison, School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies, have been organizing this visit for the last number of years.
They visited a flower greenhouse, six greenhouse vegetable operations (including an organic vegetable producer), plant propagators, IPM specialists, seed suppliers, and horticultural distributors such as Plant Products.
The different production facilities provide a wide view of the horticultural industry. The visits also present current job opportunities that are available to the graduating class.
There were 27 students in this year’s class. Among the group were students from China (two), Colombia (four) and India.
Andrea Sanchez, a member of this year’s graduating class, will soon be joining the Ancaster office of Plant Products as a biological sales rep.