The Horticulture Association of Michigan State University is a professional, social and educational organization for all students interested in Horticulture. Activities include visits from guest speakers, field trips, fund-raisers, intercollegiate competitions, and a Networking Night Career Fair. The biggest event is the annual Spring Show. Students grow and market plant material as a fund-raiser and construct a large public display which attracts hundreds of visitors.
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Each year, selected members of the Student Horticulture Association represent MSU by participating in the NCLC. The team competes against other schools in a ‘Landscape Olympics' of 26 competitive events including plant ID, landscape design, sales, business management, cost estimating and equipment operation. Last year there were nearly 1000 students participating, representing 66 colleges from across the country. MSU has placed in the top ten every year since 2003.
The Student Organic Farm is committed to outreach in the community, first through a Community Supported Agriculture Program, but also through educating people, young and old, about the practices and benefits of local organic agriculture. Located at the Horticulture Teaching and Research Center on campus, the SOF hosts tours and workshops and operates a seasonal on-campus farm stand.
The EFFS Club is a multidisciplinary group of undergraduate and graduate students striving to cultivate sustainable, local food and community. Activities have included conferences, organized events on campus such as guest speakers and workshops, and the promotion and support of small farms and businesses that actively practice or teach about sustainable agriculture.