I have worked in the field of horticulture for most of my forty-six year working career. I have, at various times, been a greenhouse grower, a nursery propagator, an orchid grower, the pesticide applicator for a large nursery, greenhouse grower/ manager on a large estate, and nursery crew supervisor. I have extensive experience pruning, and caring for woody plants, both in the field, and in containers. I have extensive knowledge of propagation and production of annual, perennial, woody plants both hardy and tropical, and vegetables. I am a licensed pesticide applicator with two private licenses, greenhouse and nursery, which I have held since 1986. I have extensive knowledge of spray equipment, chemicals and applications that work. I am UMASS Extension Green School graduate, and a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist.
Greenhouse grower/ manager on a private estate with 14,000 square feet of greenhouses containing 70,000 various orchids, Acacias, Camellias, and hundreds of various tropicals.
Maintained the pest control on 1400 acres of nursery stock in the field, and 50 or so acres of containerized nursery stock, and perennials.
Greenhouse grower for a large wholesale operation with 30,000 square feet of greenhouses.
All aspects of nursery and greenhouse pest control, including field spraying, greenhouse pest control, weed control, disease control on woody plants, perennials, annuals, tropicals in a greenhouse setting, Maintaining spray equipment. Keeping pesticide application records. Maintaining a current pesticide license through continuing education. Doing extensive research of pests and diseases in order to maintain the quality of the crops I am responsible for.
I went back to school at the age of forty. My degree is in Liberal Arts, with an added course of study in the sciences. I graduated with high honors.
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