Greenhouse Project Update
Congratulations go to Carson High School’s FFA and Michele Lewis and Brigid Surber whose collaboration resulted in a $2500 Food for All Grant. This will buy the much needed big tire wagons that the students need for working at TGP site. Student participation has totaled 2,599 hours in 2012. JoAnne Skelly of Cooperative Extension and also a Board member for TGP recently prepared a
recap of some of last years accomplishments at TGP…….Six to eight special needs youth participated daily through the school year getting horticulture job training. As Americorp volunteers, three high school students managed the greenhouse for the summer earning stipends and learning work skills. Another student was hired for the summer at Greenhouse Garden Center Nursery after working in the greenhouse at the high school the previous semester. Two students are doing their senior projects in the greenhouse–one researching hydroponics and the other the viability of winter crop production in a hoop house.
From January2012 to January 2013, students grew and donated 1,574 pounds of produce to FISH and the Ron Wood Family Resource Center to feed Carson City’s less fortunate. Students grew 53 pounds of produce for the high school’s award-winning culinary arts program. Recently the salad bar run by the culinary arts students was stocked primarily with greens from TGP.
One teacher reports, “We wouldn’t have an agriculture or horticulture program at CHS without TGP. The students get work experience. TGP is an incredible win for the special needs students.” Another teacher says,”The kids had a great sense of accomplishment when they were able to deliver produce they had grown from seed to harvest to the culinary arts program at the high school.”
Ray Saliga, TGP manager, has developed a growing schedule for 2013 that will bring production to over 4,000 pounds of produce not to mention nurturing Carson City’s 61 hanging flower baskets. Watch TGP continue to grow in 2013!!!!