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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 30

Title:
THE "KNOW-HOW" IN PLANT PROPAGATION EXPECTED FROM COLLEGE GRADUATES: SEED PROPAGATION

Author:
Hugh Steavenson

pp: 380-382

Abstract:
Over the 30 years or so that our establishment, Forrest Keeling Nursery, has been in operation, the production of tree and shrub seedlings has been a mainstay accounting for about 50% of our gross sales. During this period we have employed a good many college graduates, perhaps a score or more, mostly with degrees in horticulture. In recent years we have enjoyed the stimulating experience of having groups of college-level trainees at our nursery during the summer and also spring and fall periods. Today our work force numbers about 100 of which 10 are college graduates, most with horticultural training. These college trained people have management, supervisory, sales and technical responsibilities.

Interestingly enough, I can never recall quizzing any of these people, prior to their employment, on their knowledge of or expertise in seed propagation. This might be considered a lapse in our interview procedures.

But is it really? We have spent a couple score years developing our seed

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