What is Horticulture?
Horticulture is the science and art of growing plants. Our Horticulture Program at Bergen focuses on ornamental plants, those valued for their appearance, beautyor fragrance, asopposed to those grown for human consumption as in agriculture or utilitarian value as in textiles or other industries. We invite you to explore our unique program here at Bergen Community College.
Our Mission Statement
THE HORTICULTURE PROGRAM has as its mission:
Regarding Students.To train our students in the art, science and business of the ornamental plant industries.To foster in our students professionalism and entrepreneurship.To encourage creative problem-solving.To promote teamwork and individual effort.To provide opportunities for hands-on learning.To encourage and respond to student input. To develop students’ abilities to research, evaluate and organize information and to present their findings before teachers, peers, employers or clients.
Regarding Industry.To support, and draw support from, northern New Jersey horticultural businesses, associations and academic institutions.To seek assistance from organizations that can further the technological know-how of faculty and students.To maintain good relations with companies that offer employment opportunities to students.
Regarding the Program.To have the program’s Advisory Committee, faculty and staff meet regularly to gauge the program’s relevancy.To modify existing courses of study and develop new ones in response to industry requirements.To keep up to date with technical, scientific, academic and market developments in the green industries.