[Option A] Introduction to Horticulture: Greenhouse Production, Landscaping & Floriculture

-Preparing individuals with the skills necessary for gaining occupations in the floriculture, landscaping, and greenhouse industries.

-Providing trainees with an authentic experience on a working-farm and horticultural center.

-Preparing experience with industry standards and workplace practices.

-Generating participant success by positioning individuals in areas of interests thereby increasing participant self-esteem, motivation and performance.

-Demonstration of skill based learning and work habits that can be documented and included in resumes.

-Adapting practices to meet individual needs through the use of accommodations, modifications and assistive technology.

-Partnering with industry employers who serve in an advisory capacity for the improvement of training programs.

-Engaging in joint projects with staff, community partners, and the public to promote participant career readiness.

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TALMAR’s Horticulture: Greenhouse Production, Landscaping, and Floriculture provides an introduction into horticultural while integrating the “hard-” and “soft-skills”  necessary for gaining long-term employment in the floriculture, landscaping, and or greenhouse production industries. According to the Maryland Department of Commerce,  “Agribusinesses” followed by “Environmental Sustainability” jobs rank among the top 5 for generating the most state revenue.  Similarly, these fields are also ranked second when it comes to offering opportunities for employment*. This includes wholesale and retail production, sales, installation, maintenance of herbaceous perennials, bedding plants/annuals, seasonal greenhouse crops, cut flowers, herbs, vegetables, and specialty crops.

Option A’s curriculum design is embedded with skills that have been identified as necessary in the practice of horticulture. Trainees will participate in classroom-based lessons which integrate both hard and soft skills by providing real work experiences on our farm. The trainee will acquire the knowledge of the demands, meaning, and value of work. The latest knowledge and practices related to each of our three disciplines are included at our horticultural center. This preparatory model helps participants obtain long-term employment in positions that match their interest and ability levels.

Trainees will spend four weeks (3 days a week for 6 hours each day) learning the basics of each of three professions: greenhouse production, landscaping, and floriculture, for a total of 12-weeks.  The latest knowledge and practices related to each of the three horticulture disciplines are included at our working farm and clients learn the soft and hard-skills necessary for finding and maintaining employment in one of its three fields. Each participant desgins a career plan and is trained in seeking and finding appropriate positions to meet their interest and levels and need.  Participants learn about employee expectations, resume development, preparing cover letters, completing applications, tips for interviewing and money management. Professionalism, establishing contacts, references and community integration are also built-in to the daily curriculum.

The course will be available 3 times each year with no less than 3 individuals in a course. Please call 410-825-2020 for additional information.