Planting up career path
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.