West Hancock High School Agriculture and FFA instructor Carolyn Badje hope to raise between $68,000 and $88,000 to make a new greenhouse construction project a reality. She said the committee is seeking a new greenhouse to be built at the high school, which will provide WHHS students access to learning gardening skills year-round.
“We can fully integrate hands-on learning in the classroom and take full advantage of increased learning opportunities,” said Badje in a letter sent to potential fund donors. “This is not just limited to the agriculture students, but we would like to incorporate learning from all levels of education.”
Local FFA students would be able to complete experiments and supervised agricultural experiences with a new facility. There would be a better platform for growing plants and having plant sales in both the spring and fall. It would also provide for better means of starting all vegetables for the community garden.
The existing school greenhouse was built more than 25 years ago and is in need of replacement. It is difficult to use and incorporate classroom curriculum and projects, according to Badje. The school district anticipates being able to commit approximately $22,000 to the purchase of a new greenhouse, but the additional $68,000 to $88,000 is needed for the project based on price quotes from Stuppy Greenhouse and GrowSpan.
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