baileysup
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horticulture as profession?

are there other routes besides landscaping with a BA in horticulture i love it, but not sure about the living part. maybe i could build my own greenhouse to make money! any thoughts?

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Halfway
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Greenhouse business model
Flowers
Starts
Production produce
Exotics

Hydroponic Greenhouse.

Aquaponic venture / joint venture.

State Department Foreign AG development (Africa / Afghanistan, etc).

University AG department.

I see a lot of entrepreneurial opportunities with the right business model in the right market.

7 billion people need to eat.
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baileysup
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nice info. I'm in 5B. thanks for getting back to this post. i was just curious if horticulture was a waste of school. after reading your post, i've concluded that it is not a waste of time. i really like it . i will mix and match, and be adaptive to my climate. such as life thanks

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If you are growing to sell, from your garden or greenhouse, think about growing herbs. There's a big market for them at farmer's markets and selling to restaurants that like fresh locally grown (organic!) herbs. And they command a way better price than veggies....
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baileysup
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good info. i will dwell on that for a bit, but then make it happen :D. thanks

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I have no regrets, but a horticulture degree would have been fun! As I look for opportunities, I must coonsdier the learning curve that a hort degree would have shortened.

Best of success!
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Hortman
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Hey, bailey570. Horticulture is definitely not a waste of time. Granted, nobody in this
profession really gets rich money wise. But what we lack in money we
make up for in food for the soul. Working with the planet is so satisfying!
My most favorite job was a part-time post-hole digger for the Bureau of
Land Management in Alaska. We were blocking off ski and hiking trails to
keep four-wheel drives and snowmobiles out. Every morning when I got up,
I couldn’t wait to get to work. I was protecting the planet! I loved it.

Concerning your job routes, Halfway and rainbowgardener gave great advice.
You could also work for the U.S. or state Dept. of Agriculture, an arboretum,
or a botanical garden. All of them do research, conservation, and habitat restoration.
Northwestern University has a Masters program in Conservation.
Don’t get discouraged. Find your niche and go for it.
Ken here with The Home Depot in the Chicago area

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There's a large market for installation and maintenance of plants in office buildings in almost every major city. It's how I put myself through school. Many of the designer and upper management positions require a degree in horticulture.

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