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Science teacher receives grant after greenhouse is removed

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A grant from the Albertson's Foundation allowed a community garden between B and C hall.

A grant from the Albertson's Foundation allowed a community garden between B and C hall.

A grant from the Albertson's Foundation allowed a community garden between B and C hall.

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During second semester, the decade-old horticulture greenhouse outside C hall was taken down with no intention to rebuild it. Its condition was in disrepair, and the cost to rebuild the small establishment would cost the district roughly $20,000, excluding necessary equipment to regulate temperature.

As a result, chemistry teacher DJ Eberlin wrote a grant to the Albertson’s Foundation for $1,000, and upon approval, the science department was able to afford new plant boxes to maintain the community garden between B and C hall.

Eberlin also received new hoses, composter, and soil to complete the package.

According to the chemistry teacher, the new garden boxes are resistant to rusting and are sturdier than the old ones. Over the fall, students in horticulture classes, taught by Jeremy Thompson, groomed the garden by prepping plant soil, adding cover crops, weeding and watering.

Both science teachers agreed that gardening is an important life skill that is important to any community. By gardening, students are able to cut down on food spending and the consumption of unhealthy foods.

“All students need to learn how to use healthy living, not eating a bag of chips,” said Eberlin.

Thompson’s horticulture students play a large part in maintaining the garden. With heavy student interaction, lettuce, onions, spinach and other cold weather crops are available to Borah’s community.

“We wouldn’t be able to survive without [plants],” said senior Isabelle Robison, one if Thompson’s students. “We should learn about them and take care of them.”

Thompson and Eberlin will be visiting the garden throughout the summer in order to maintain the plants.

“You plant it, and when everybody’s gone is when it needs to be taken care of,” Thompson said.

The Albertson’s Foundation is a grant organization that promotes healthy living and encourages students to grow healthy foods

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