Developing a national strategic plan for consumer horticulture

Lucy K. Bradley, Ellen M. Bauske, Thomas A. Bewick, John R. Clark, Richard E. Durham, Gail Langellotto, Mary H. Meyer, Margaret Pooler, Sheri Dorn

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Abstract

Consumer horticulture encompasses a wide array of activities that are practiced by and of interest to the gardening public, garden-focused nongovernmental organizations, and gardening-related industries. In a previous publication, we described the current lack of funding for research, extension, and education in consumer horticulture and outlined the need for a strategic plan. Here, we describe our process and progress in crafting a plan to guide university efforts in consumer horticulture, and to unite these efforts with stakeholders’ goals. In 2015, a steering committee developed a first draft of a plan, including a mission statement, aspirational vision, core values, goals, and objectives. This draft was subsequently presented to and vetted by stakeholders at the 2015 American Society forHorticultural Science Consumer Horticulture and Master Gardeners (CHMG) working group workshop, a 2015 Extension Master Gardener Coordinators’ webinar, and a 2015 meeting inWashington, DC. Feedback received from these events is being used to refine and focus plan goals and objectives. The most recent working draft of the plan can be found on the website, where stakeholders and other interested parties can register to receive updates and to provide input into the process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-378
Number of pages7
JournalHortTechnology
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2016

Keywords

  • Funding
  • Gardening
  • Stakeholder

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