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Sylvia Schaap Grower—Qualitree Propagators

Sylvia Schaap works in IPM at Qualitree Propagators in British Columbia, Canada, spending free time hiking, hunting, writing and drawing in mountains she now calls home.

Recent Articles

Growers Talk Production
Having Six Legs at a Career Fair
Sylvia Schaap
It turns out you get genuine and spontaneous questions from high schoolers when you show them a butterfly or beetle.
Features
Eyes Mandatory, Degree Optional
Sylvia Schaap
Identifying insect and disease issues in-house.
Growers Talk Production
There’s a Bug on My Plant!
Sylvia Schaap
What we really need is growers to communicate what we’re attempting with IPM to the general public.
Young Voices
Hello, Real Life!
Sylvia Schaap
I’ve entered that real world. The one that can be quite a shocker for someone who’s spent years learning about plants off paper.
Features
High Qualitree Teamwork
Sylvia Schaap
From a college project to reality, this BC-based company has grown into a world-class operation, thanks to the “A players” on their team.
Columns
Mistaken? Probably …
Sylvia Schaap
Mistakes, although they’re penalized with a poor grade in school and met with displeasure in the workforce, are important in the development of skill and knowledge.
Columns
Qualification: Education, Experience, Passion (Not Necessarily in That Order)
Sylvia Schaap
Passion for a career doesn’t grow on trees. It comes through experience and good experiences in the industry of choice.
Columns
Young Voices: Ahhh, the Life of a Student
Sylvia Schaap
I’m looking forward to a time when thrills come in the form of hiking acres of horticultural crops, not from getting handed an exam booklet so thick you can identify the tree species it came from.
Columns
Young Voices: Opportunities to be Thankful For
Sylvia Schaap
Everything, from “helping” sort freesia bulbs with my parents as a toddler to choosing plants as my life’s path contributed to that something I felt I had to defend.
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