half-time position at the U of M Rosemount Research and Outreach Center (RROC) as Horticulturist and Garden Program Director on April 2, 2012. This position is housed in the University's College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (not Extension).
The general nature of Bob's new position will be to provide oversight of horticulture research/educational/display projects and programs currently being conducted by Master Gardener volunteers in the RROC Education, Research and Display Garden. He will not be serving in his past capacity as a turfgrass extension specialist, but as a program director focused on horticulture education at the RROC.
With the anticipated initiation of new gravel mining operations directly across the street from the current garden, Bob will also be working with the Master Gardeners along with faculty, staff and community partners to site a new location for the horticulture education-based garden. Bob will also collaborate with other organizations, both internal and external, to plan, develop and implement related horticulture education and projects that are part of a larger, more general, RROC horticulture programming desire. Bob says "I am looking forward to the interesting and exciting parts of that process as it moves along in its planning and development".