By: Kavya Iyer, Janessa Jiang, Hannah Kim, Chelsea Le Sage
Intro to Electives
By: Kavya Iyer
This week, the Governor’s School students had the opportunity to discover another characteristic of college, choosing minors. These classes were intended for students to understand and entertain their interests in other fields of agriculture besides those chosen from their major. Some of the electives were Aesthetic Horticulture, Animal Reproduction, Aquaculture, and Problem Solving. These were considered as the ‘minors’ and were primarily meant for students to pick topics that interested them for fun, hands-on activities. The Horticulture students made beautiful flower arrangements and the reproduction class learned and dissected organ systems. Most students got to visit the beautiful Hahn Horticulture Gardens, where there was a koi pond and a small, but aesthetic waterfall lush with foliage.
(Images by Kavya Iyer in Hahn Horticulture Garden)
All About Aquaculture
By: Hannah Kim
Aquaculture is defined as the breeding, rearing, and harvesting of plants and animals in all types of water environments including ponds, rivers, lakes, and the ocean. In the fast paced 21st century, trying to placate the rapidly growing population continues to be a problem that the 21st century population must find a solution to. Aquaculture also includes a system known as stock restoration or “enhancement” which is a form of aquaculture in which fish and shellfish are released into the wild to rebuild wild populations or coastal habitats. Aquaculture in the United States refers to not just seafood supply but also refers to restoring habitats at-risk species. Currently, Aquaculture is constantly changing based on consumer trends. While fishing can be devastating to the environment, aquaculture, if done correctly can be beneficial to the ecosystem by supplying product but also by keeping the surrounding environment safe. Aquaculture will be a sustainable and reliable source of seafood for years to come.
Above, please find a short video about US Aquaculture
Petal to the Metal
By: Chelsea Le Sage
In preparation of the upcoming Governor’s School Banquet, twenty students selected aesthetic horticulture as an elective course. Within the three day period each student learned the proper care and techniques of flower displays, demonstrating his or her knowledge with a final mound bouquet arrangement. Not only did this course offer insight to a career in the agricultural field, but emphasized the knowledge, harmony, time, and craftsmanship put forth in every flower arrangement. For many students this was their first time being exposed to aesthetic horticulture, which generated an even deeper appreciation of the art.
Image one: Learning to cut the stems of foliage and flowers
Image two: Flower selection for bouquets
Image three: Trimming and placing flowers
Image four: Final product
Images by Chelsea Le Sage
By: Janessa Jiang
Although the course, Aesthetic Horticulture, is meant to be a semester-long class, we were able to learn the basics and create our own flower arrangement in the three-day period. On the first day, the principles of design and elements of design were introduced. With this knowledge, we evaluated different flower arrangements in categories such as color, texture, shape, and balance. While the first day of the course was focused on exposure to the topic and basic knowledge, the second day of the course shed light on the different applications and techniques used in flower arranging. Foliage was provided to give the students a hands-on experience with plants, specifically how to trim the stems. After choosing our flowers, the third day of the course was spent on creating our own flower arrangements that are going to be displayed at the GSA banquet at the end of the week.
Overall, the last week provided students with new perspectives in areas of agriculture different from their major courses. The elective courses were a great way to end the memorable four weeks at Virginia Tech. 🙂