Green­house Plant Sale at Her­itage High School April 23-24

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Ta­mara Wolk

April 12 was teach­ers’ day at the Her­itage High School green­house run by HHS agri­cul­ture teacher and Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica ad­vi­sor Meagan Shearer.

Sev­eral teach­ers poured over plants grown by stu­dents, try­ing to choose from among nearly 100 dif­fer­ent types.

To say that Shearer is en­thu­si­as­tic about grow­ing any­thing that will take root is a huge un­der­state­ment. Her pas­sion in­fects her stu­dents so much that even long af­ter they’ve grad­u­ated from her classes, they visit the green­house to help out.

Shearer teaches ba­sic agri­cul­ture , agri­cul­ture busi­ness lead­er­ship, gen­eral hor­ti­cul­ture, flori­cul­ture, for­est sciences and an­i­mal sciences at HHS. “I get the kids into the green­house as soon as pos­si­ble,” she says, “and fo­cus on hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence.”

“I grew up in Ken­tucky on a beef, bar­ley and to­bacco farm,” says Shearer. “Farm­ing has been my life. I like the an­i­mal part of farm­ing, but I re­ally fell in love with plants. I love see­ing the kids learn about all the ways plants grow and teach­ing them how to cre­ate the best en­vi­ron­ments for growth.”

The an­nual HHS plant sale will be open to the pub­lic on April 23 and 24 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. The green­house can be found a short dis­tance down the en­trance to the high school, on the left.

To learn more, visit face­book.com/ hhsffa­gen­er­als.

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