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Nursery Owners and Managers

Tips for Entry

Volunteer to help out a local garden center during planting season, when there is high demand for labor. This kind of experience can be your calling card for a later paid job.

Offer your services as a gardener or landscaper to individuals you know in your community. If you do a good job, your reputation may lead to other paying jobs.

Develop your entrepreneurial skills by conceiving a simple business plan for a needed service or business in your area. You'll learn from the experience even if your plan fails.

Check out programs run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency ( and National Institute of Food and Agriculture ( to encourage careers in farming and nursery management.