Australia: Gaining a formal skillset in the horticulture industry with a masterclass

The Masterclass in Horticultural Business is offered through the  University of Tasmania and was developed in partnership with some of the world’s leading names in horticulture. It is a flexible course, with online delivery and three face-to-face workshops scheduled throughout the course duration. In this column we meet 2017 graduate Lisa Brassington, who outlines how the course has benefited her career and how it continues to shape her thinking today.

It has been five years since Lisa Brassington graduated as part of the first intake of students to complete the inaugural Masterclass in Horticultural Business in 2017.

Lisa is a specialist in sustainable food systems. She is a passionate advocate for the agri-food sector, horticulture, agriculture, and agribusiness – particularly at a localised level – and was drawn to the Masterclass for the opportunity to build on and formalise her existing skills. “Each week since graduating, I have used some element of learning and solution focused thinking from the course,” Lisa says.

“As the curriculum was designed by Hort Innovation in partnership with the three universities, plus horticultural industry leaders, it was a great intersection and learning balance between vocation, education and application of horticultural agribusiness.”

Lisa works part of her week in local government and her role focuses on growing a healthy, delicious, sustainable, and fair local food system as well as a vibrant and flourishing local food community.

“That is my day job’s mantra – to collectively make community-wide change for all,” Lisa says.

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