Jennifer Nettles began working as an adjunct instructor in the Horticulture program at VU in 2015. She was promoted to a full-time instructor in 2017. Jennifer is an Alumni of Vincennes University where she earned her Associate’s in 2004. She received her Bachelor’s from Purdue University in Landscape Horticulture and Design in 2007. After working in the Green Industry for several years, she obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Illinois in Crop Sciences in 2019.
At VU, Jennifer teaches several classes in the Horticulture and Agriculture department such as Fundamentals of Horticulture (AGRI 103), Greenhouse Management and Hydroponics (HORT 165), Integrated Pest Management (HORT 150), Herbaceous Landscape Plants (AGRI 218), Woody Landscape Plants (AGRI 217), Introduction to Urban Agriculture (HORT 215) and Therapeutic Horticulture (HORT 180). In conjunction with her teaching duties, Jennifer advises students interested in the Horticulture Technology major, heads up the VU Horticulture Club, and recruits for the VU College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics and Agriculture programs.
With the Horticulture Club at VU, Jennifer helps the students gain valuable hands-on experiences by planting and maintaining a native plant garden, holding an Earth Day fair on campus, and buying, growing and selling a variety of plants in the greenhouse. Jennifer also helps guide the students into their career path through their interests and connections made in the Horticulture program’s internship.
She holds several professional certificates that include being an Indiana Accredited Horticulturist through the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association and Registered Technician and Category 3a Pesticide Applicator through the Office of Indiana State Chemist. While at the University of Illinois she obtained a Professional Certificate in Urban Agriculture and a Professional Certificate in Horticulture.
When I'm Not Teaching
When Jennifer is not here at VU, she enjoys spending time outside with her 3 children, gathering eggs from her chickens, maintaining her organic gardens, painting, drawing, and managing her own aquaponic business with her husband.
Jennifer currently sits on the Knox County Invasive Species Board, is the Coordinator for the State FFA Nursery and Landscape CDE contest, and helps judge horticulture-related 4H projects locally.