Bell Nursery started its internship program two years ago with the aim of identifying and training the growers of the future. Each season, the company’s internships give interns a broad overview of the company. They are exposed to everything from growing and production to distribution, retail and finances.
Tom Wheeler, head grower at Bell and Greenhouse Grower’s 2015 Head Grower Of The Year, along with Cole Mangum, vice president of production, is intimately involved with developing the intern program and recruiting new growers.
“We want to become an industry magnet for interns,” he says. “Cole and I are in the process of developing our internship program and taking it to the next level, reaching out to universities and different folks like the American Floral Endowment and other Universities to help us put together a top notch internship program”
Many of Bell’s plans for future internships have come out of talking to other organizations. One good way to attract young growers, Wheeler says, is to get to know the advisors at universities and schools of agriculture, so they can get the word out about the opportunities you offer.
To read more about Tom Wheeler, Greenhouse Grower’s 2015 Head Grower Of The Year, see “Greenhouse Grower’s 2015 Head Grower Of The Year Tom Wheeler Of Bell Nursery Leads By Example.”