Our Staff

Bruce Black

Extension Educator, Horticulture

University of Illinois Extension
12923 Lawrence Road
Sterling, IL 61081
Phone: 815-632-3611
FAX: 815-716-8922
brucejb@illinois.edu

Bruce J. Black, Horticulture Educator for Unit 4, is a 2014 graduate of Iowa State University and a native of Iowa. Black received his Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, emphasis in fruit and vegetable production, May of 2013, and a Master’s of Agriculture degree in Professional Agriculture, December 2014, while being a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State.  During his time at Iowa State, Black assisted teaching three classes: Plant Propagation, Hands-on Horticulture and Herbaceous Ornamentals while being an active member of Horticulture Club (2010-2013) and Graduate Student Horticulture Society (2013-2014).

Black's horticultural interests are in: plant propagation, greenhouse and hydroponic production, fruits and vegetables, community gardens and teaching about horticulture. While doing research for Iowa State, Black's project focused on working with Master Gardeners to educate youth in a community garden. 

Black is a member of:

  • Pi Alpha Xi - The National Academic Honor Society for Horticulture,
  • American Society for Horticultural Science,
  • International Society for Horticultural Science,
  • Illinois Extension Agricultural Association, and
  • National Association of County Agricultural Agents

Publications: 

Journal of Extension, October 2016, Master Gardener–Led Lessons Increase Knowledge in Gardening and Environmental Science for Iowa Summer Camp Youth

Awards:

2016 University of Illinois Extension Interdisciplinary State Team Excellence Award

2016 NACAA National Finalist Newsletter, Team

2016 NACAA Search for Excellence in Consumer or Commercial Horticulture

Program Offerings

Programs have included but not limited to:

  • Plant Propagation,
    • Seed propagation
    • Cuttings
    • Grafting
    • Division
    • Tissue Culture
  • Gardening through the season,
  • Botany and Plant Parts,
  • Fruits
    • Fruit Trees
    • Small Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Hummingbirds
  • Succulent Wreaths
  • Vermicomposting
  • Plant Care
  • Community Garden Management
  • Community Garden Education
  • Etc.