DelVal Appoints New Horticulture Production Manager

Jul 22, 2008

Whitney Scott, of Winfield, PA, has been named manager of Delaware Valley College's Horticulture Production Unit and will begin his duties immediately.

In his new position, Scott will be responsible for assisting in the day-to-day operation of the DelVal Horticulture Production Unit. He will teach and manage undergraduate student employees, assist in activities in the orchards, vegetable plantings, cold storage, dry storage, equipment use and storage, harvesting and marketing. In addition, he will manage a greenhouse to grow vegetable plants for use on the farms and resale.

Scott is a third generation vegetable and fruit farmer. His family business included 60 acres of orchards and 45 acres of vegetables and brambles. Scott brings practical experience in vegetable and fruit production that he can share with undergraduate students majoring in DelVal horticulture programs. He has special expertise in producing strawberries, raspberries and hothouse tomatoes and is a member of the North American Strawberry Growers Association and Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association.

Scott owned and operated a mixed truck farm operation in Winfield, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, where he grew 14 varieties of strawberries and several varieties of sweet corn, raspberries, blackberries and vegetables. His products were marketed through a seasonal farm stand operated by his wife and family. In addition, he marketed his products at Harrisburg Farmers Market, Weis Supermarkets and produce auction houses. In addition to growing horticultural products, Scott raised thousands of broilers for Vineland Kosher Broiler.

"Whitney is keen on teaching students practical skills and approved production practices as they relate to their respective academic programs; he can communicate current knowledge of Pennsylvania fruit and vegetable farming as it relates to crop varieties, equipment, chemical supply and application, irrigation, frost protection, labor procurement and marketing," said Dr. James E. Diamond, Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at DelVal.