The students at the Delta Opportunity School have been busy for months with a huge greenhouse project. This project all began with an idea to utilize the greenhouse behind the Delta-Montrose Technical College to grow plants that produce food, encourage individuals to grow their own food crops, as a comprehensive hands-on science project and as a service learning project for the students of the Delta Opportunity School.
In February, the students began planting tomatoes, squash, pumpkin, melons and a variety of flowers from seeds. This part of the project was very educational and time-consuming for the students. Each type of seed needed to be accurately planted to ensure that plants would sprout. After the seeds had sprouted, most had to be transplanted into larger containers where they could grow and mature. "This was a great horticulture experience for all of us," said Jesse Hale, a DOS student. "Working in the greenhouse is peaceful and is a stress reliever for us," said student Chris Gallegos. Andy Herring, another student, added, "The plants and greenhouse project has taught us about responsibility and taking care of things."
After the seeds were started, students learned the detailed work of setting up and maintaining a timed water system. The students seemed to enjoy this part the most, especially on hot days in the greenhouse. "We are very fortunate to have access to a greenhouse of this quality, and appreciate the tech college allowing us to utilize it," said Debbie Yeager, science teacher. "Working with each student in this project has been truly rewarding for me. The concepts that are being taught are lifelong skills that each student can use. I love seeing the students take ownership in what they have accomplished and see how proud of themselves they are. The greatest part is seeing them teach each other what they have learned to ensure the best product possible."
The students are including this greenhouse project with the "Food For Thought" program. Individuals who receive a weekly food supplement backpack will be given an application to obtain food crop plants or a City of Delta community garden plot.
DOS counselor Willyn Webb said, "It is a great feeling to now have the capacity to support the Food for Thought families in growing their own food to supplement them in the summer. We really value the work that Mrs. Yeager and the science classes have done in the greenhouse that makes this possible."
The greenhouse project has increased the students' learning in many areas. Learning about botany and horticulture is very educational and valuable to all of the students' futures. Students have also gained knowledge of the business world by buying, selling and marketing their product. The students began selling their plants at weekly plant sales that take place Thursdays from 3:30 to 4 p.m. If you are interested in purchasing plants from the students of the Delta Opportunity School, contact Debbie Yeager at 874-2753 to place orders as availability of plants varies. If you are interested in a City of Delta community garden plot, contact Paul Suppes at 874-7973.blog comments powered by Disqus