In the Spring of 2018 the agriculture department decided to start a school garden. With planning, help from community members, and preparation of the garden site a garden was planted in May of 2018. Jenney Paddock guided our Floriculture and Greenhouse Management class as we decided what plants to grow in our garden. We decided to plant potatoes, zucchini, peas, carrots, radishes, beets, cabbage, lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, kale, cauliflower, kohlrabi, and rutabaga. Lowrance Metzger and his father took a Saturday to till up the garden site located at the north end of the football field in the Outdoor Science Lab. Throughout the summer, Miss Anderson and students took care of the garden by watering the plants and picking weeds. This year the Greenhouse Management class, comprised of freshmen, has taken on the duties of the garden. The students in this course water the garden, pick weeds, and harvest vegetables. Since JuneĀ  fresh produce has been donated to the local food bank to help feed low income community residents. And, on August 27, the garden provided the school with lettuce, kale, swiss chard, and spinach which helped feed 148 students. Thanks to the help of community members and our agriculture program, we look forward to continuing the success of our school garden, expanding the number of crops, and increasing their yield.

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