Landscaping Technology

areas. Students learn while using equipment and materials that represent industry standards. Project based learning activities, residential landscaping projects, greenhouse sales, and floral projects provide experiences for students to reinforce and practice skills and knowledge learned in the classroom setting.

The classroom environment is geared towards preparing students for the world of work with respect to work ethic, attitude, professionalism, and teamwork. Leadership and personal development skills are promoted through involvement in the Future Farmers of American (FFA) Student Organization.

Course Objectives

– Using industry standards students will learn the following competencies:
– Safely operate and maintain landscape and horticultural equipment
– Identify types of plants used in the horticultural industry
– Be effective and productive workers
– Utilize safe practices to protect themselves and others in the workplace
– Design, construct and maintain landscapes
– Demonstrate customer service and sales skills
– Grow and care for greenhouse crops
– Prepare basic floriculture products such as centerpieces, bud vases, corsages, and boutonnieres
– Use resources for research and problem solving
– Be effective leaders and responsible citizens

Instructors

FFA Floral Competition 2016

Gabby Rodzen from South Hadley & Zack Cervone from West Springfield Place in the Floral Design Competition, Gabby took 8th and Zack 14th out of 30 contestants. Great Jobimg_2523 img_2524

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CTEC NEWS – September and October 2015 Landscaping Technology & Horticulture:

CTEC NEWS – September and October 2015 Landscaping Technology & Horticulture:

  • The program participated in the FFA display at the Big E and took 4th place.
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Greenhouse Growing

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Our Native Plant Rain Garden Display at Big E FFA 2015

Submission- Almost complete


Growing in the Greenhouse

The Freshman have been growing Tomato’s and Cucumbers for Culinary for the last two years all winter.

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Off Site Jobs

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West Springfield Rotary Club Adopt an Island


West Springfield Rotary Club Adopt an Island

The Rotary Club adopted an Island and in conjunction with Mr. Marion and his students the clean, prune, mulch, and plant the island for the Rotary Club of West Springfield.

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Putting Green is finished


 

Putting Green is finished

The Juniors & Seniors have worked on the putting green for the last three years and it is finally complete. The next step is a green’s mower and learning to sharpen it.

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Freshman Field trip to Mt. Holyoke College Flower Show


Freshman Field trip to Mt. Holyoke College Flower Show

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Bulb Show                                                 Orchids in Bloom

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2015 Spring Plant Sale


2015 Spring Plant Sale

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Large Pots & Hangers 

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All plants are grown  and Maintained by the student in landscape & Horticulture program. The Left overs plants were donated to Forest Park and we are hoping to develop a small partnership with them next year.

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2015 MA FFA State Conference


2015 MA FFA State Conference 2015-04-27 10.34.49                        2015 FFA Team

Juni Sanchez, Matt Narreau, Gabby Rodzen, Liam Jackson, Steven Stagnaro, Ian Snyder and Max Ritter. (from left to right)

2015-04-27 10.36.54  Matt Narreau takes third place gold in the Job interview competition

 

 

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Dinner & the Dance

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Steven Stagnaro, Ms. Gentile and Juni Sanchez Banquet

FFA Dance, Juni dancing the night away!!!

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Landscape/Horticulture News Letter



Landscape/Horticulture News Letter

Landscape & Horticulture Newsletter  2015-04-27 10.31.44 Fall 2014 #1 Mr. Marion & I would like to keep our student families informed as to the things we have going on in our shop. So we will be putting together a Season Newsletter to keep you up to date with what your student is working on. We hope you enjoy getting this newsletter and we welcome any comments. Fall has been a busy time for our students, getting back into the groove of going to school and studying once again. Some of the projects the students have been involved in by class include;

Seniors– The seniors have been working on some off campus projects such as a paver walkway design and installation out in Southwick. One of their other projects is a maintenance project which includes learning to run the following equipment safely & correctly; mower, backpack & ground blower, and weed trimmers. They are also preparing to take the pesticide exam. They are currently working at the Agawam Bus garage where they are doing a complete renovation of an old planting, along with general clean-up.

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The seniors have also been working for the last two years on the installation of a putting green. This fall the green was completed and the grass is growing. The next step is for them to learn the proper care of a green.  

Juniors– The 11th grade students this past semester covered how to properly and safely opperate chain saws, turf grass management and their project which they are still working on is a paver walkway that they designed and are in the process of installing along with the seniors. Their other project has been cord wood, they have been cutting and splitting up a storm all fall and they have sold about 7 cords this year.  Juniors have also been working at the bus garage weeding, removing bushes and pruning back the overgrowth.  

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Sophomores– Have been covering Landscape Maintenance practices such as de-thatching lawns, renovating planting beds, edging of beds and leaf removal. We mainly worked here on campus while learning to use the equipment, and then we slowly go off site to work. Students are also working on two campus projects- A new planting for the Bistro Entrance and repair of the new back lawn. These two projects will cover preparing the site, planning a new design and then installation in the spring. We started with Floral Design a couple of weeks ago, concentrating on the care & handling of floral products, types of flowers and greens, safety in the work place, floral design principles, and business practices. Students will be making round and a candle center pieces for Thanksgiving sales. Right after Thanksgiving all the students will be getting started on the wreaths and kissing balls. First we will be harvesting evergreens (If anyone has any white pine, hemlock ect.. they would like to donate let us know). Once we complete harvesting the evergreens the students will learn to mix the greens and assemble them as they go. This year they will learn how to use a wreath machine and the bow maker.   Our

Open house is this week November 25, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Hope you can make it.

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