Horticultural science


NCROC is the northern-most land grant research and outreach center in the continental U.S. and serves as a valuable USDA Zone 3 cold-hardiness testing site for fruit, vegetable, and ornamental breeding programs. In addition, one of the main objectives of the Horticultural Science program is to develop unique production systems that include the use of high tunnels, transplants, and mulches to extend the growing season and expand opportunities for quality food and ornamental plant production. Our program works with a number of crops that include: apples, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, asparagus, cabbage, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, annual flowers, and other ornamental plants. Some of the most recent initiatives include the establishment of certified organic land and high tunnels to address the increasing needs of both organic producers and consumers.  In addition, hops were recently established to develop the best management practices in support of a burgeoning craft brewing industry looking to locally source a sustaining supply of quality hop varieties.