Normal – Peter Metiver pulled a crooked carrot out of the garden at a regular community high school this summer, shocked at how much he had grown.
“We have to eat,” he said, much to the surprise of his fellow agricultural students in the July sun.
Liz Harris, a teacher of agribusiness and FFA consultant, said it was Metevir’s joy and curiosity that earned her $ 10,000 to renovate the school’s eclipse greenhouse this year.
When he comes in the new year, he says, ‘Hey, what’s the matter here? ለምን Why don’t we have anything here? ‘
“We’re going to make this work,” said Junior Metiver.
Now in her eighth year of running the agricultural program in the regular community, Harris has been nominated for the Green House (“Green House”) – Beyond the Book Education Foundation and the 2021 Grand Prize. -22, also known as Beyond the Box.
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The greenhouse has only one working fan and no heating, so the grant was released at the end of the summer and Harris said the renovations would begin with repairs.
“I don’t know how long it will take,” she said.
Jr. Kathleen said that she was pleased with the handicrafts provided by the hacker Greenhouse.
“For one, it’s really fun and being able to do things by hand is very different from what you can do in your other classes because your other classes are mainly working online or in textbooks,” she said. But it is important to learn that way because you and future generations of Aga can do it yourself, they can do it themselves, and they can see things that are not really you. He was able to see. ”
Greenhouse renovation is only part of the NCHS expansion program.
Jennifer Stone, a new teacher and FFA consultant, joined Harris last year after a student class.
It’s great to know some of the kids who are coming to him in advance, so I think that’s great, but we also have a lot of students enrolled in the program so it should be fun to meet a new kind of kids as well, ”she said.
He said the Aris program has enrolled 250 out of 70 students this year.
Metviver said he noticed even more remote events last year in Ag.
“People I never thought would take an AG education are now taking an AG education,” he said. It is growing, comfortable and scientific credit, but there is so much more to agriculture than just production and farming.
Since its inception, Harris has found a student who does not know the difference between a sheep and a goat.
As part of the new class, Harris plans to bring in pigs from her family’s farm to give students a chance to give birth directly in the greenhouse this summer.
“Of course, we don’t have many students in our community who grow up on the farm or have no experience with animals, so this gives us that opportunity without having to grow up on a farm,” he said.
Senior Amelia Rodriguez says she looks forward to seeing the pig and using the greenhouse.
After maintenance, the agricultural lessons begin with the production of plants to be planted in the garden on the east side of the school.
“I think tomatoes would be a good idea,” Harris said. At some point, we can make some flowers that we can sell to the public, but before we can do that, I think this will probably be another year.
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Contact Kelsey Watts at (309) 820-3254. Follow her on Twitter @kwatznauer.
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