Plant­ing up ca­reer path

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Hor­ti­cul­ture stu­dent Le­an­der Archer is buck­ing a trend, and she’s just won a $2500 Ag­carm schol­ar­ship to help her do it.

The 20-year-old Massey Uni­ver­sity bach­e­lor of agri­cul­tural science stu­dent said there weren’t many stu­dents con­sid­er­ing a fu­ture in hor­ti­cul­ture, but she re­garded it as a great ca­reer path.

Grow­ing up in Tawa, Le­an­der de­cided there wasn’t enough hor­ti­cul­ture, so moved to Palmer­ston North to pur­sue her in­ter­est in plant bi­ol­ogy.

At Massey, she has found her niche in plant and soil science. She has also be­come in­trigued by the eco­nomics and mar­ket­ing as­pects of hor­ti­cul­ture.

‘‘Hor­ti­cul­ture is a log­i­cal fit for my in­ter­ests – my love of fresh pro­duce, the en­vi­ron­ment and science. My in­ter­est has grown to a pas­sion,’’ she said. ‘‘The more I learn, the more I want to learn and that’s how I know I’m in the right place."

Le­an­der in­tends to spend her win­nings on prac­ti­cal in­vest­ments – a new lap­top and a con­tri­bu­tion to her ac­com­mo­da­tion costs.

Le­an­der Archer re­ceives her schol­ar­ship from Ag­carm chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Ross.

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