Educating from Experience
by Madison Moore ’15
Upon his arrival on DelVal’s campus, Jim Griesemer ’12 fell in love with the University. While earning his degree in horticulture, he was able to gain knowledge and experience that allowed him to achieve his goal of educating the people of today.
He had hoped to obtain a position that he loved after graduation. That he did. Griesemer owns and operates Griesemer Beekeeping, where he manages about 20 beehives, extracts honey, and directly markets the honey. With his company, he gets to be his own boss and has turned a hobby into a career.
“I enjoy educating clients on the honey they are buying, the importance of bees, fun facts about bees and engaging them with where their food is coming from,” said Griesemer. “I was able to grow my business based on the marketing and education classes [that I participated in] at DelVal.”
Griesemer also has a full-time seasonal position at Milton Hershey School as a program assistant for the Agricultural and Environmental Education Division. There he works with students and teaches them about horticulture “through the hands-on experience that is available to them right on campus.”
“I also assist the agriculture teacher with teaching tractor safety, give tours to students and provide student wagon rides to the pumpkin field and apple orchard,” said Griesemer.
He said that he enjoys being able to educate the public and give students the experiences in horticulture that he had at DelVal.
“The most rewarding part about my job is to see a student’s face light up when they’ve learned or experienced something new, like picking a blueberry for the first time,” said Griesemer.