Hoglin Foundation Garden Garden of High School

The garden of the William M. and Donna J. Hoglin Foundation was decided on Wednesday afternoon behind the beautiful community high school. (Savior Meller / Union)

Mountain Happy Community High School agricultural teacher and FFA consultant Matthew Jones M. M. and Donna J. Hoglin Foundation speak to community members after unveiling the garden. (Savior Meller / Union)

The garden behind Mountain High School High School was built on Wednesday and named after William M. and Donna J. Hoglin Foundation Garden.

The garden was created for FFA students and high school students in agricultural programs.

Although the garden itself is a good idea, there are many other interests that will benefit and enhance the longevity of the garden.

Matthew Jones, a Matthias Community High School agricultural teacher and FFA consultant, spoke with Mary Elgar and asked the Hoglin Foundation for $ 22,500, hoping they could build the garden.

“We have been generously rewarded,” says Jones. “That allowed us to buy a hut, run waterways, and build a deer fence. All of this, including the tools and supplies we can use in the garden. All we can do is name the garden and the names of those people.

The garden provides a great opportunity for high school students to learn.

“This is a great first step in teaching the real world and out of class,” Jones said.

The garden has had an impact on the community. Many peppercorns grown in the garden last year were awarded the Philo Ship Cup.

The following year, the garden will be under the control of the School of Plant Science. The department makes all the decisions related to the garden. This includes how it is marketed, what it grows and who receives its products.

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