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Horticulture Jobs

By ACS Distance Education on December 15, 2017 in Horticulture & Jobs Success | comments

There are a huge array  opportunities for a career in horticulture.

Horticulture can be divided into two broad themes; amenity and commercial. 

Amenity horticulture is the decorative side of the profession and so involves designing, maintaining, and restoring gardens where people enjoy themselves.  This can include the cultivation of turf for sport. 

Commercial horticulture is the growing of plants for sale.  The plants grown can vary from tropical orchids for cut flowers through to vegetables and fruit.

 

Learn to Manage the Land Better

By ACS Distance Education on June 1, 2017 in Environmental Issues & Horticulture | comments

Land has never been more precious. 

Anyone who owns land has a responsibility to care for that land properly - to both protect your own investment and to protect the legacy you leave to future generations.

 

 

You have no doubt heard about Chain of Custody (COC) issues in the many forensic TV shows on our screens. The shows where faulty documentation destroys an otherwise carefully prepared case and the criminal goes free!  So exactly what is a COC?  It is the chronological ‘paper’ trail, showing the collection, transfer, receipt, analysis, storage, and disposal of a sample. At all stages, the sample is in someone’s custody—that person is responsible for it.

The COC is just as important in environmental  and agricultural sciences -the integrity of the sampling, testing and reporting chain is very important

 

Did you hate chemistry at school because it was boring? Daunting?   But now you need to understand environmental chemistry basics for your job?  Have a look at our  new Environmental-Chemistry course which starts at basics and leads you into the fascinating world of chemicals in the environment.  Become familiar with names like POPs (sounds friendly but it isn’t – Persistent Organic Pollutants) and PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons released when fuels or organic matter are burned).Learn the difference between oxygen and ozone. Understand how, what and where chemicals occur in air, water and soil, including the good, the bad, the ugly. 

 

How to Get Work in Horticulture

By ACS Distance Education on January 11, 2017 in Horticulture | comments


The good news is that there is a shortage for horticultural expertise and globally, a growing demand for that expertise.

The industry, like all industries is changing fast though; and that is causing shifts in where work is to be found -both in terms of physical location and industry sector. 

Traditional avenues for employment are drying up everywhere - I know for a fact that is the way in Australia, UK & USA ....but at the same time new opportunities are emerging.

comments from John Mason, Principal ACS Distance Education