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There are two distinct paths for students interested in working in the commercial greenhouse industry vs the expertise needed to start or work on a small farm. Explore the options below for more details.

We also have a program for students interested in the large-scale agriculture business. For more on agriculture, visit our agriculture area of study.

Greenhouse and Nursery

If you enjoy working with plants and want the expertise to make them thrive, then a career in greenhouse and nursery management may be for you.

In this program, you’ll learn to grow and care for landscape plants and vegetables as a horticulture professional. Through both classes and hands-on practice in the greenhouse, you’ll study plant propagation, greenhouse construction, climate control, postharvest crop care, and greenhouse business management.

Whether you want to own or manage a nursery or greenhouse, work for a city’s parks department, or get involved in plant research and breeding at a four-year university, this degree can help turn that dream into reality.

Small Farm Production

If you enjoy working outside and are passionate about growing and eating high-quality food, then the small farm production program is right for you.

In this program, you will learn theory and skills in the science of plant production, with an emphasis on vegetables. You’ll gain hands-on experience growing, harvesting, storing and marketing small farm products. You’ll also study pest and disease diagnosis and management.

Whether you want to start your own small farm business, achieve self-sufficiency in your backyard, or continue studying food production at a four-year university, this program will lay the groundwork for your future.

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