Michigan State University: The Horticulture Teaching and Research Center
Established in 1966, the Horticulture Teaching and Research Center (HTRC) encompasses 180 acres on the south campus of Michigan State University in Holt, Michigan. The center meets the needs of field labs for outdoor classrooms as well as basic research. The focus of research projects at the HTRC centers on vegetable, fruit, and ornamental crops. Today it is the primary facility for landscape and nursery research/extension programming on campus. It is also the regional center for IR-4 field research of minor use herbicides' registration. Housed on the grounds of the center is MSU's wine facility, which is involved in enology research projects throughout the state. HTRC is also home to MSU's Student Organic Farm, which values and puts to practice alternatives to chemical use while growing and maintaining crops.
The Horticulture Teaching and Research Center Staff Members
Tom Fernandez, Faculty Coordinator
Tom joined the Horticulture Department in 1999. As faculty coordinator, Tom serves as a liason between Horticulture department faculty and HTRC. If there is a concern HTRC is unable to handle, Tom works with both parties to assist in finding an amicable solution. In addition to resolving disputes, Tom helps set and enforce HTRC policies as well as assisting in setting our budget and getting funding for large expenses.
Bill Chase, Farm Manager
Hort Research Center
Bill has worked for the MSU Horticulture Department since 1976. After receiving his M.S. in 1990, he assumed the position of manager of the Horticulture Teaching and Research Center. His expertise is weed science, where he currently conducts weed control studies on fruit, vegetable and ornamental crops. His main duty is to oversee and coordinate the operation of the station.
Gary Winchell, Agriculture Research Aide
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Gary began working with MSU at the Clarksville Station (CHES) in 1979. In 1983, the HTRC was lucky enough to acquire his expertise in pesticide management and cultural practices in vegetable crops and ornamentals. Gary uses his extensive knowledge in agriculture to allocate land at the HTRC for annual vegetable research plots. Gary also maintains and repairs much of the equipment and vehicles for the station. He is closely involved with the upkeep of the facility and construction of necessary structures for research needs.
Choose the form which best applies to your project needs and click the appropriate link. The link will open Adobe Acrobat Reader, and you will view the document you selected. From there, you may print out and hand-write your information in the blank spaces, or you can type directly into the form.
Please DO NOT FILL IN INFORMATION PERTAINING TO PROJECT NUMBERS OR BLOCK NUMBERS. These spaces are reserved for use by HTRC personnel. If you choose to type into the form, you can navigate through them using the "TAB" key located on the left side of your keyboard or by using your mouse.When your form has been completely filled out, please send it through campus mail to 288 Plant and Soil Sciences, or drop it off at the farm.
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Farm Policies - IMPORTANT - Please read the attached detailed information
- Shirts and closed toe shoes must be worn at all times. Rubber boots and long pants are required if working in a pesticide application area. Nitrile gloves are required if handling plant or soil material from an area with an early entry interval.
- See Farm Manager for pesticide applications.
- During inclement weather, proceed to the rally point which is in the main work area in garage 407B. Inform staff members if others are still in the field.
- The HTRC is a non-smoking facility because of fire hazards in our buildings and outdoor areas.
- Practice safe driving on the farm property and be award of solid-set irrigation when driving across fields.
- Issuance of keys requires approval of the Farm Manager.
- Report damages (including equipment) or stolen property to the Farm Manager.
- Fueling of vehicles is restricted to HTRC staff only.
- Any produce or plant material removed from the HTRC must be logged in the plant dispersal ledger located on the desk beneath the stairs in the garage.
Farm Service Standard Operating Procedures
Buildings and Maps
The HTRC has an established juice and wine grape vineyard, as well as a fully equipped laboratory and winery that is run by the Viticulture and Enology program of the Horticulture Department. If you are interested in learning more about either of these programs, please contact Paolo Sabbatini at firstname.lastname@example.org
The HTRC provides rewarding employment opportunities for all students interested in participating in enjoyable and challenging work. There are two work periods at the HTRC:
- In Sept.-April your duties will include final harvesting and data collection of research plots and routine maintenance of the farm.
- In May-August your duties will include maintenance of research plots, general maintenance and upkeep of farm, public relations during public field activities, and harvesting and data collection of research plots throughout the growing season.
Please contact Bill Chase at 353-7878 or email at email@example.com if you are interested in a rewarding experience.
Horticulture Farm Fruit Sales
Fall is a great time of year in Michigan, especially at HTRC. Why, you ask. Apples of course! The HTRC staff hand picks multiple varieties of apples from our many orchards, including Red and Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Empire, Gala, Jonathon, Red Rome, Mutsu, and a whole lot more. We invite you to our fruit sales to give them a taste and take some home.
We have two sales annually, which generally occur the last Friday in September and the second Friday in October. (These dates are subject to change based on weather and produce availability.) Along with our apples, you'll find items like pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, potatoes, onions and other seasonal vegetables. We normally have a selection of ornamental plants, and our friends in the entomology department usually send over some Spartan honey as well!
Want to know when our next sale is going to be? Sign up for our sale notifications next time you visit, or call the farm at (517) 353-7878 and ask to be added to the produce list. We can send you a reminder via e-mail, or call your home or office to tell you personally. (If you would like to be notified by e-mail, please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts list, as this is the e-mail address we send fruit sale information from.) Hope to see you there!
3291 College Road
Holt, Michigan 48842
Phone: (517) 353-7878 Fax: (517) 353-6677
Farm Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm