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Growing fish, worms, and plants is all part of the greenhouse project at USD 350

The residential carpentry class of St. John High and local volunteers were conscripted to build a greenhouse for Joel Delp’s Human Environmental Resources class in September of 2021. Also, any other class who wanted to have a project that included the greenhouse would have access to it. The Human Environmental Resources class set up an aquaponics tank to store over 50 Blue Tilapia as a main project. The class also started growing a small amount of crops.

Preston Dunn, a St. John High School student who is part of the Human Environmental Resources class, built crop boxes for his class where they planted corn, cucumber, and lettuce. “I think that the greenhouse was a great opportunity to learn about science in a hands-on way,” Dunn said. “I enjoyed learning about different systems in the greenhouse and how they supported each other, as well as learning about fish and the work it takes to keep them alive. I had fun growing different types of plants and troubleshooting different problems we encountered. I’m glad we had the opportunity to participate in such a fun class and nice greenhouse.” 

This class also started a worm farm which is where the worms kept reproducing and ended up with more worms than they initially started with. The class plans on releasing the worms on a patch of land that has trouble staying healthy or producing healthy grass. At the end of the school year, the senior class will also process the Tilapia and have a fish fry. Several of the Tilapia fish were moved to a residential pond because they were too small to process.

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