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Housing and Design Students Grow Garden Skills

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Teens in Ontario, Canada, who study housing and design in school planned, planted and are tending a flower and vegetable garden at their Waterloo school, Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School. Gardeners bring home flowers to family members and friends, eat the vegetables and enjoy one other benefit – toned biceps from all that work with the shovel. The school board, as well as local community groups, donated the tools for the garden.

One student who works on the garden, Jocelyn Myers, 18, told the Record that she’s cultivating lifetime skills. “It’s way better because I’m not running to the store … I can grow it myself and have it all stocked and frozen,” she said.

Housing and Design students, from left, Jocelyn Myers, 18, Duncan Rabbets, 17, Shyanne Talbot, 16, and Rebekah Deutsch, 17, spread mulch in their Waterloo, Ontario, school garden. (Photo by PETER LEE, The Record)

Housing and Design students, from left, Jocelyn Myers, 18; Duncan Rabbets, 17; Shyanne Talbot, 16; and Rebekah Deutsch, 17; spread mulch in their Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, school garden. (Photo by PETER LEE, The Record)

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Housing and Design Students Plant School Garden

A Housing and Design student waters the new school garden at Sir John A. McDonald Secondary in Waterloo, Ontario. (Photo by PETER LEE, The Record)

A Housing and Design student waters the new school garden at Sir John A. McDonald Secondary in Waterloo, Ontario. (Photo by PETER LEE, The Record)

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Ohio Teens Learn Aquaponics in School Greenhouse

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Teens and school officials in Ohio have turned an empty greenhouse at Choffin Career and Technical Center into an aquaponics center, where vegetables suspended in water are thriving. Officials believe the facility, in Youngstown, Ohio, is the first aquaponics program in Ohio.

“Next year, we’ll be growing a main crop and finding a market for it,” Sarah Wilhelm, the aquaponics instructor, told Farm and Dairy. Right now 84 plants are growing in the greenhouse. Wilhelm said she is willing to grow whatever local produce the community needs.

Junior aquaponics student Mike Jones harvests green beans from the greenhouse at Choffin Career and Technical Center in Youngstown, Ohio. (Photo by WILL FLANNIGAN, Farm and Dairy)

Junior aquaponics student Mike Jones harvests green beans from the greenhouse at Choffin Career and Technical Center in Youngstown, Ohio. (Photo by WILL FLANNIGAN, Farm and Dairy)

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Choffin Career and Technical Center Features Aquaponics

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