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. 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
Bill Chase, Farm Manager
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 submit your forms online! Adobe Reader is required to obtain project forms online.
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 Service Standard Operating Procedures
HRTC Safety page
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:
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!
3291 College Road Holt, Michigan 48842