Without a doubt, surviving the past decade has been a challenging stretch of road for the Green Industry. In retrospect, the burst of the housing bubble, the drought, $4 per gallon gasoline, and the recession were just a few of the the factors that shut down over half of Georgia’s ornamental growers and scattered the labor force in all directions looking for work. However, with great challenges comes great opportunity and the winds appear to be changing. The demand for ornamentals and turf is rising, and the green industry is ramping up this spring. The professional organizations have regrouped and are poised and ready to launch the industry into a new era with some exceptional events in partnership with the University of Georgia.
The Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture is excited to announce that Mr. Greg Huber will be our new Training Coordinator effective January 1, 2016.
Over the past decade, Greg has trained Georgia’s Green Industry workforce as the Program Coordinator, Lead Instructor, and Advisor for the Southern Crescent Technical College Horticulture Program. Greg’s diverse background in the industry includes Christmas Tree Farming, Carpentry and Construction, Landscape Management, Retail Nursery Sales, Landscape Installation, Site Planning, and Landscape Architecture. In 2014 he received the Georgia Green Industry Association’s Educator of the Year award and is also a past recipient of the Southern Crescent Technical College Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction.
Mr. Huber holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Georgia and is a Georgia Registered Professional Landscape Architect. Greg is active in professional, educational and community clubs and activities. He brings enthusiasm, passion and expertise to his position and to the unit. Our unit is eager to begin the New Year with Greg leading the direction of the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional and Georgia Certified Plant Professional programs.
Join us as we welcome Mr. Greg Huber to our team in the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture and the UGA Griffin Campus.