Maplewood Academy has added a Horticulture class to our Spring Semester 2016 course offerings. This class will focus on a basic introduction to the horticulture industry and will include an overview of general plant growth principles, including soil and growing medium(s), fertilizer, pesticides, temperature, sunlight, water, and more. The course will also include a general overview of the basics of growing fruit and vegetables, annual and perennial greenhouse production, trees and shrubs and ornamental plants and flowers. The student have also taken a field trip to our local nursery.
Students have a significant hands on component starting many vegetable plants from seed including 8-10 varieties of tomatoes and peppers, eggplant, various herbs, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, watermelon, cantaloupe, summer and winter squash, beets, and more. These seedlings will be planted by staff and students on our MWA farm for the upcoming growing season. What a wonderful opportunity for our students to be out in nature, God’s second book! This program provides summer jobs for students as well as food to sell at our local community farmers market all summer. The farm products are also used in our cafeteria throughout the fall and winter.
We are excited to add this class to our curriculum. It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn life-skills and support this new industry at Maplewood Academy.
Stacy Stocks, Maplewood Academy Principal
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