Brian Mitchell is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, studying Horticulture.
Mitchell first found his love of plants whilst working at a landscaping company while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. “I find plants to be an endless source of wonder,” started Mitchell, “from just the beauty of a simple flower to the use of medicinal plants to heal people, to the plain magic of propagation.”
After years of working in the commercial nursery business, Mitchell came to CSU in 2016 to obtain his master’s degree in horticulture. “I feel like I'm one of those lucky people that has found a calling in horticulture and agriculture, so that's where I choose to spend my time.”
Since his arrival at CSU, Brian Mitchell has worn many hats in the realm of leadership and student development. Mitchell serves as a representative on the Graduate Student Council (GSC) in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, delivered presentations at national horticultural events, and is the GSC rep and secretary for the Committee on Teaching and Learning. Recently, Mitchell entered a new role as the graduate student representative on the Recovery Coordinating Committee for CAS. “I’ve been granted this gift of being able to work in many CAS classrooms as a TA - it’s allowed me to share my passion in agricultural education ,” Mitchell said.
“I didn't know I would hear this calling to teach college classes where I can interact with students and help them learn,” Mitchell said. “It's been crazy to spend time in the field and gain all this new experience, and to learn from growers and other researchers. Then, to take that experience and travel all across the country and present my research, representing CSU and the Specialty Crops Program. It’s blown me away.”
Even during the COVID-19 era, Mitchell has pivoted to learn remotely while maintaining his teaching schedule. He is also busy doing his doctoral research on organic hemp production at ARDEC South.
“I'm coming to the table to make an impact and create positive change in the College of Ag through my service work. I continue every day to think about ways I can continue to invite people to come to the table, as I've been welcomed to sit at so many tables at CSU.” Mitchell said.