Students at Cottonwood High School in Dothon, AL, will soon get the opportunity to get their hands dirty learning more about horticulture in a new greenhouse they’re building at the school.

Students in agriculture instructor Rusty Yeomans’ class are building the greenhouse, which will provide a facility for students to get hands-on training in horticulture and related fields. Yeomans said the new greenhouse will allow students to learn skills like mixing fertilizers and plant grafting.

“I don’t like sitting in the classroom,” Yeomans said. “I’d rather have them doing stuff.” The greenhouse is a 16 x 30 building and cost $15,000. Funding for the facility came from federal Perkins funds. When completed, the greenhouse will have fans, misters and other typical greenhouse equipment.

Yeomans said the greenhouse program will largely support itself, as vegetables and other plants grown in the greenhouse will be sold to the public, providing funding for fertilizer, seeds and other items.