The history of horticulture explained
Ever wonder how horticulture began? By definition, horticulture is the art and science of growing fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts and ornamental trees and turf. As our human population has grown over the last 10,000 years we needed to address a way of producing more food efficiently.
History demonstrates that our subsistence patterns changed from foraging for our food to pastoralism and then horticulture. Small communities practiced foraging and horticulture. But as small communities began to grow into large towns and cities, we began to evolve to intensive agriculture to handle the large-scale production of food.
As we look back, foraging societies often had no permanent leadership. Their relationships were based on family and friends that made up their political system. There were no or few producers producing nonfood specialty items. But as we grew into larger towns and cities with large-scale production, our society was shaped much as it is today, with class stratification and elaborate political systems with hierarchies of leaders and bureaucrats.
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