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Indiana High school students get their hands dirty in new greenhouse

There’s a classroom at Greenfield-Central High School where students can really get their hands dirty. On a recent sunny morning, inside the 2,100-square-foot greenhouse behind the school, teacher Scott Jacobs directed students to each stick a finger into the soil of some plants to test the moisture levels.

A few dozen containers with inch-tall plants were lined up on the waist-high platforms throughout the greenhouse, but Jacobs said that come this spring, the entire greenhouse will be teeming with 12,000 to 15,000 full-grown plants grown by students.

The students will have a plant sale starting in early May, as agriculture students have done at the school for more than 20 years, raising funds to buy materials for future classes.

It’s that kind of hands-on learning that has been such an invaluable tool to students who wish to learn more about horticulture, said Jacobs, who has been teaching various types of agriculture at the school for the past four years.

“You can learn things in a textbook, but this is teaching applied science,” he said. “The old greenhouse had done its job well, but it was tired,” Jacobs said earlier this week, as he led a class within the outdoor learning lab, which was built last summer.

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