Fri, 30 Jan 1998 13:30:03 EST
Hello SANET Subscribers,
I recently began researching graduate programs for an advanced degree in
pomology. I have been in contact with several professors at different
institutions but would like to get some feedback from the subscribers of this
I have been involved in organic agriculture for several years now and in
particular, fruit tree production. For the past year I have worked at the
Sonoma Antique Apple Nursery in Northern California (an organic fruit tree
nursery) where I trained in grafting, budding, nursery management, as well as
managing established orchards. Previous to that, I completed a six month
Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the University of California
Santa Cruz. And several years before that, I received a BA in Comparative
Religion from the University of Vermont (I’m still looking for that forbidden
My interests in agriculture are far reaching, but would like to specialize in
either extension or consulting work, helping smaller scale farmers manage and
transition to organic orchard systems.
Can anyone recommend an appropriate program for me? I am concerned about the
lack of concentration or support in organics in any given program.
Thank you for your time. My resume is below.
GREGORY MICHAEL PECK
2130 Mattison Lane
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Nursery Intern, Sonoma Antique Apple Nursery, Healdsburg, California
Grew and cared for over 100 fruit tree varieties for organic bareroot
nursery—apples, pears, figs, peaches, plums and cane berries; six acres of
annual row crops; five acres of mixed fruit trees; eight acres of chestnuts;
and six acres of wine grapes. Managed irrigation using pvc pipe; electronic
timers with solenoid valves; solid set overhead sprinklers; drip-tape; and
drip hose with emitters, micro sprinkles, and spitters. Operated and
maintained 35hp tractor with implements (spader, disc-harrow, cultivating
sled, spray rig, broadcaster, manure spreader, front hydraulics). Bench
le, pear and chestnut trees; chip- and
t-budded nursery root stock. Pruned fruit trees—central leader, open-center
and espaliered forms, and wine grapes. Assumed responsibility for management
of codling moth control with use of trichogramma wasps, pheromone confusion
and tree banding. Built greenhouse, developed soil mix and propagated
seedlings for transplant. Seed saving and cleaning for commercial sale.
Marketed produce at weekly farmer’s markets. Packed and shipped bareroot
trees. Provided administrative support, as well as customer assistance in
selecting fruit varieties, root stock, irrigation and general tree care.
Edited nursery catalog and developed a climatic map and key for California.
(Dec. 1996 to Oct. 1997)
Farm & Garden Apprentice, Center for Agroecology, University of California,
Completed six-month intensive training in French Biointensive gardening, small
scale organic farming and orchard management. Involved in all stages of plant
development from propagation to direct market sales. Coordinated biweekly
harvests for roadside farm stand and 60 community supported agriculture
shares; irrigated five acres of annual row crops, two acres of apple, pear,
plum, and kiwi orchards and a two-acre market garden; responsible for
greenhouse management. Studied soil biology, plant pathology, entomology,
cover cropping, weed management, composting and the cultural needs of many
fruits and vegetables. (1996)
Horticulturist and Greenhouse Manager, Greenscape Nursery & Landscapes, New
Managed greenhouse operation and retail sales. Provided nursery stock with all
cultural needs. Propagated perennial and annual landscape plants. (1995)
Teaching Assistant, Sociology Department, University of Vermont
Provided general support to class professor; created class syllabus; graded
exams and essays; assisted students with course material. (1994)
Landscaper, Frisbee Landscapes, Vermont
Designed, constructed and maintained residential landscapes and hardscapes.
Worked with a variety of cold toleran
sistant, Slade Environmental Co-Operative, University of Vermont
Mediated 24 member co-operative. Managed organic garden and assisted in
greenhouse construction. (1991-1993)
Certificate in Ecological Horticulture, University of California, Santa Cruz,
Bachelor of Arts, Comparative Religion, University of Vermont, Burlington,
Honors: Alpha Kappa Delta.
Excellent writing and editing skills. Computer literate. Experienced in
poultry care. Proficient in basic carpentry, masonry and machinery skills.
Knowledgeable about a wide range of ornamental plants.
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