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Urban Farming at McAdory Middle School

By: Holly Lynne Killian

It was a cold November day, but for middle and high school Ag and Culinary students, that didn’t seem to matter. The Young Farmers Committee, with the help of McAdory High School Ag and FFA students installed 2 raised beds for McAdory Middle school students.

With the expertise of Ms. Lee Champion, high school students put together the raised beds made of wood. With shovels in hand, they assisted in placing the beds in a grassy courtyard and began filling them with fresh soil. Middle school students were able to watch as they eagerly awaited for the beds to be complete. While they waited, high school Ag teacher Ms. Champion was able to speak to them about taking some of her classes. Since these students will be growing their own fresh ingredients, she explained how agriculture is involved in everyday life and the benefits of taking her courses in high school whether you want to pursue agriculture or culinary.

In just an hour, the raised beds were completed and ready for growing. Although it is currently a cold season, some hearty greens can still be planted before the main sowing season. Either way, students were obviously excited to see the potential the raised beds will offer. The Young Farmers Committee and the Jefferson County Federation Board are anxious to see their progress throughout the rest of the school year!

To see more photos of the building event, visit the Young Farmers' Facebook page!

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