US (KY): OCHS blesses new fiberglass greenhouse, which will improve ag educational opportunities

Owensboro Catholic High School held a ribbon cutting and blessing ceremony on Thursday for their new-and-improved 18×36-foot fiberglass greenhouse, which replaced an old unusable one that had a plastic covering and had fallen into disrepair. The new space allows students to be more hands-on with plants and flowers, which could be sold in fundraisers or displayed at a farmers' market booth.

The project includes a new building with proper insulations, fans, concrete, shutters, a heater, and supplies.

“It’s something I feel that’s really needed in an agricultural program, so kids can actually learn what they’re taking from the classroom and putting it into real life,” said OCHS FFA instructor Erica Tapp. “They’ll be growing plants and learning about the different chemicals that go on them, as well as the soil and the nutrients the plants need.”

The school aims to provide educational opportunities that are rigorous, relevant, and tied to positive relationships with students. OCHS Principal Gates Settle admitted their leaders have searched, and sometimes struggled, to provide FFA students with a supervised agriculture experience. He hopes this new feature will create interest and attract many new students to the program.


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