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Academy Gardens: What's Working?


Hear testimonies from Heritage Academy in Monterey, Tennessee, and Fountain View Academy in Lillooet, British Colombia, Canada.


  • January 18, 2018
    10:45 AM


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How are you guys doing. How many of you guys have heard from the academy many of you how many of you have heard of Fountain View in reference of music. OK so found the Academy it first and foremost is known for for its music I'll just go through a few pictures show you what we do on the farm show you kind of the crops we grow talk a little bit about. Kind of the structure of our program and then I'm going to be a few minutes for questions you guys may have so found view Academy is not just music as many people only know found you for FOUND YOU Academy places a huge emphasis on Outdoor Education and Recreation doing lots of camping trips and ski trips and Lake trips everything in the outdoors found you Cademy does lots of outdoor recreation found as I mentioned we do lots of concerts each year. We do look lots of local concerts within British Columbia first I guess I should tell you found you've got a reason British Columbia Canada if you didn't know that so do lots of local concerts. And that's a full choir full orchestra and they go to churches so on and so forth but then a couple times a year they do a more major concert and we always have a California concert was we call it and we go all the way down the coast of Washington Oregon California and can do concerts although all along the way and then every couple of years we do an overseas trip so it's been a goalie of this last year we've done. One minds gear up a couple years before that and so on and so forth so from you has a huge emphasis on music and definitely. Gets its name out there through the concerts and the music ministry that does and. Right hand to that is also filming and productions so they do a lot of filming we have our own media department there they do music videos in the outdoor setting this is a lake near New York Cademy about twenty minutes away and this was one of the filming scenes this so the girls are they are singing video cameras behind in the boat so on and so forth the found with the music component also takes it to a production component as well and does that. But the reason why we're here to talk about farming and that's also another huge part of the Academy found you academy as most academies are at least from what I understand self-supporting academies. Has a work study program so our students are involved in classes for half a day and then they're involved in work the work program for half a day and that work program can be anywhere from being assigned to the cafeteria to help prepare meals can be assigned to the custodial Department to clean toilets and scrub floors and windows cleaning our vehicles campus Department taking care of the Moeen that we walk in the flower beds scraping snow whatever it is right. Maintenance taking care of houses and upkeep of that the media Department's also another work program we have so students are in the media department they work and they learn how to edit videos and songs and whatnot like that and then we have the music depart which is another work industry. And they learn how to edit songs or arrange songs and compose songs we also have the auto shop and they learn how to do maintenance on vehicles and fix and repair things but then the the largest industry on on the campus is the farm and in the busiest part of our season the farm is drawing I should say the farm has has had up to about eighty seven to ninety students in any year this year we're in that fluctuates to being on how many staff kids we have attended this year we're down around just under eighty so the farm during its busiest season is drawing about forty students a day so forty students times three and a half hours is what the what the farm is is is drawing to its to its industry department yeah what's up. I'm roll it I'm not exactly sure this year I think it's somewhere around seventy eight. Something like that if fluctuates from year to year our max capacity capacity is eighty but then that number is increased based on how many staff that we have so we can take up to eighty seven ninety but the dorms are really Max out of Haiti. So found you have if you know they found you farms you also know that fountain farms carrots carrots has been for many years one of our main crops found you Cademy came to this location. Back I think it was about one thousand nine hundred eighty five so it's been there for a little over thirty years and I think it was in the mid ninety's that found the academy they were doing Jensen for many years and found you can he said hey let's recognize an industry in the carrots and they have been doing that for many many years and doing very well at it found view has been growing roughly five hundred thousand pounds of carrots each year some years a little more some years a little less so on and so forth but. Over the next last year we started a plan and we're still implementing that plan and as you were saying I think it was earlier if you don't just turn a farm and change a farm in the course of one year. It's a good five year process and so we're moving towards and hopefully in five years but we're moving towards increasing our production as I mentioned last night we want to take our production from five hundred thousand to a million pounds and that's not going to be just twice as much acreage we're going to be doing about fifty percent more acres but we're going to find methods and ways to to make that a little denser and put those carrots in a little thicker so we can pull a million pounds of carrots each year right now we are maxed out with. Doing things manually and we can't really take on more production with just doing doing it manually you can work them harder but you really can't get much more production out of them so we're looking at ways to fund to automate things so one of those systems is going to be. An automatic care bag or so that's really our that's really our one of our bottlenecks is getting the carrots from the cooler we store them dirty in the cooler in big bins thousand pound bins plastic tote or plastic liner and we stick the carrots in there dirty and as we have sales or as we're producing them washing them packaging them we pull them out of the cooler stick them in the wash put them in the packages and they go to market so we can all we can't really do that that's our bottle like we can't really do more than ten twelve thousand dollars worth of inventory a day we can't we can't produce it without drawing a lot more labor so we're like OK how can we reduce the impact on student labor and still increase production. So we're looking at an automated system where also to get more efficiency on the field we're looking tractors with G.P.S. and that way we can make our roads straighter we can reduce our tire tracks so we can just find a lot more efficiencies in our reading process in our cultivation process our seeding process and and everything along with that. So these are just a few pictures and I don't know if everyone can see are all screwed over here. This is we live in a beautiful place and we're very blessed. We're about three and a half hours north east of Vancouver. And the nearest town is about twenty minutes away but that town is only twenty two hundred people our nearest Wal-Mart is two hours away so it's a fun shopping it's fun shopping for shopping and we we have two trips a month where we go into town and go grocery shopping so it's beautiful setting this is some of the pictures of the farm and these are carrots in the field you can see up in the right hand corner. Our school building is right there you walk out twenty feet later you're here in a care field so it's right there on either side of the aisle go if it's as you can see there on the left side of the the academic building there's an orchard same size orchard on the right hand side so the academic building is surrounded by two large orchards and then the field and greenhouses and mountains out the front of it he just some of the some of the things we do some of the things we see every day this is a harvester So the Harvester goes along. Arthur was there was it last year two years ago it's twenty sixteen OK so a year ago to harvest ago he was there and he was he was helping us harvest and that was a fun experience so goes the Harvester goes through picks up one row of carrots at a time a plow underneath them and belts above them that grab the carrot tops and cuts them off and sends it over into this tractor with wagon. I looked and looked for more pictures of our care sorting process I could not find very many so the carrots go through a wash drum they go through a series of conveyers in on the then it comes through these main packing line to conveyors and the students put the picture on the left the students put the carrots into the scale when it reaches two pounds or five pounds a pin on what size package we're packing and packing and then they dump that into the bag they tie a tie with it for the tape tie. In goes into our final package final bundle bags this is this is a line so this gives you a little better idea so the kids are coming through there on this Caroline and they're sitting there putting them up when they're scale reads the weight they as you can see back there in the very back they're dumping the carrots into their bag those things just to from the scales one of our other crops are probably are not volume wise but our second largest crop in the way of revenue dollars is garlic in B.C. we're very blessed How many how much is organic garlic go for here in the US five dollars. Up to seven is at retail. That's what you're paying the grocer in B.C. there's a huge push for local and organic so we can really take advantage of that market and we for a pound of garlic wholesale we can we can get up to eight fifty a pound. Yeah it's a very it's a very good markets hard to grow it's a science you have to be a scientist to grow that crop. But it's a very good cat cash revenue crop. Retail we were taking advantage of the seed garlic seed garlic. Market for a couple of years how long that market will last we're not sure but you can get actually twelve dollars a pound in the secret market because you're selling it for someone that's going to multiply by seven or whatever how many of your clubs are in that ball so found you took advantage of this. We still have not worked out all the kinks we still have not got it down to a science what we're working on it and as you can see we put in or we get out about one hundred seventy thousand will know this year we planted about one hundred seventy thousand plants and it's a very labor intensive crop every single ball has to be broken apart by hand and the close each close separated each close put into the ground by hand. And covered up by hand and so it's very labor intensive crop and then harvested by hand and clipped by hand and then once that's cured then we have to go clean it by hand take off all the dirty wrappers and then we package it by hand nothing's automated in the garlic the garlic cross for us right now So hundred seventy thousand just to give you an idea is just over two acres so. On two acres of garlic so if someone can do the math for us twelve thousand pounds roughly times eight dollars a pound ninety six thousand so you can see you're making. Forty forty eight thousand dollars per acre with the garlic so it's a very good cash revenue Yeah GROSS That's right. Our second largest by volume and by area is is winter squash as I mentioned last night the farm was for a few years they had it been experimented in doing like a quarter acre max of winter squash different varieties are not composed which is a green Japanese version of squash little bit of spaghetti. I think that was the main ones and then when I came on the farm a couple years ago we decided to take it to one acre and see how that did that first year we had mountains of weeds but that didn't seem to affect anything. We prayed over it as we did the carrots and we got roughly twenty six thousand dollars from that one acre of of squash which is a huge blessing and if you go back and look at the inputs into the squash you are your inputs are a lot less your labor is a lot less than carrots your labors a lot less and garlic you do and your direct imports are a lot less so we like the squash this year we say we want a five acres which is a huge jump we hadn't even the market hadn't given us permission yet to. To to increase that that much but we went ahead and we went ahead an increase anyhow. We still didn't have enough organic market to to absorb all that squash so we actually sold some of those conventional even though we grew organically we just to not waste it we sold some was conventional and so that was a blessing we are actually getting the price that we budgeted for with the with the squash we got that even as conventional And so we are we are praising the Lord for that. So we did better now this year we did coach you know we did spaghetti and we did delicate delicate A which is right hand top top right hand corner we did a little less That was obvious our we only did like two thousand pounds of that spaghetti and we did more like sixty thousand pounds or something and then the rest is but one quarter cup which was just a little bit as well. We have a hard time with Coach A because of the mice they'd they really like to attack that squash for some reason so yeah they just go and eat up the skin so we we're not going to do that anymore it's too hard to keep them under control. And then another another part of the farm is the orchards we have. A little over I think or nearly three hundred fruit trees on campus which is a big task so Peter he's our grounds manager he oversees the lawns the sprinklers the the roadways everything He also oversees the orchards which is which is nice he that's his expertise he takes care of the pruning. Of those trees so they're going to be pruning here shortly and they try to get those all print before the first buds come out in the trees. But we have apple trees here also I guess I have pictures so lots of apple trees apple trees are main our main. Verb main main fruit from the orchards and then we have pears and we have plums we have lots of cherries we have lots of apricot apricot is probably our second largest And so these crops Yes we sell them but we don't do a lot of them like I think last year was like six thousand dollars in sales for the orchard most of it is taking most of it is for the campus community so we have. Maybe fifteen or twenty staff homes on campus and the staff homes have free access to these orchards and that's just a service that we provide for the campus community so they can go and they can take fruit from these trees and they can preserve it and as many of you know and self-supporting work you don't get a large salary so that helps out a lot. But we do sell some and then we preserve a lot for the cafeteria as well to make. We we freeze apples for Apple Chris we freeze cherries and then we brought. In for it that we don't necessarily grow we buy in peaches and blueberries and stuff like that and we we freeze those for the cafeteria use. In the last part of the segment of the farm is the greenhouses and the greenhouses are still you know something we're trying to get up off the ground trying to make it worth our or their time or money when do we do recognize because the farm is interesting and found you we're wanting to make it as educational as possible right and where the students learn how to the A.B.C.'s of of agriculture and farming and gardening we're also wanting to make revenue right and sometimes balancing those two is extremely hard but I feel that many of us feel that the greenhouses really the place where that education takes place on the care farm you're more heavy equipment you're more disliked it's more. Industrialized right you're just trying to get large crops large volumes to market to make the revenue but the greenhouses we feel like is the educational place that's where the students get their hands in the dirt that's where the students watch the seeds grow that they planted that's where they transplant them in they're watching the root systems and they're there for the fertilizer they're just they're just more in tune to what's happening with the plants and so that is I don't think it's far from a successful but that's one thing we're wanting to get more successful in the greening the the primary use of the greenhouses right now unfortunately is just for starters and we start all our squash plants in there we start we start all of our plants in there and we Last year we started in January we have substitute lighting we also had a wood stove in there we have a double layer plastic with air between so it helps a lot we can start in January we actually created two greenhouses within the greenhouse so you build one inside and then you build another one inside that just just just to get some plant started but the secondary use of the greenhouses we have for greenhouses right now well one greenhouse and three who causes up right now. We're in the process of constructing another greenhouse and those the second primary which we want to get to the first primary use of the greenhouse is providing food for the cafeteria. And we do that now we provide lettuce and cucumbers and tomatoes and eggplants and a whole variety of produce for the cafeteria but we're wanting to get it to where it's producing I don't know a percentage like seventy five percent of the cafeteria obviously we can grow and citrus and stuff like that but we want to get the majority the produce in the cafeteria. And that's in the cafeteria from the greenhouses and so we're really rigorously trying to to make that more efficient and find easier way to do it next year what we're going to do is we're going to experiment with planting in bags. And just lay them on the ground battle eliminate We control that'll help with weeding you can put them a little closer together and so we're going to experiment and see if we see if that helps a lot and then you just take that after the end of the season you take the dead plants out you take that soil that you grew in you throw it in a pile add some nutrients some more compost and then that's your soil for the next year. So. Yes. To the cook was story. Oh yes yes oh yes. Sir. So why agriculture I mean many of you know you can find slews of quotes in in the spirit of property a couple of these that I like in cultivating carefulness patience attention to detail obedience to law it imparts a most essential training the constant contact with the mystery of life and the loveliness of nature as well as a tenderness called forth in ministering to these beautiful objects of God's creation tends to quicken the mind and refine and elevate the character. Students should be given a practical education this will be of an inestimable value to many in their future work agricultural helped open resources for self-support the cultivation of the land will bring a special blessing to the workers we should do we should so train the youth that they little love to engage in the cultivation of the soil so we should make the agriculture of the most exciting and praise the Lord I mean not everyone is this way but there's a whole handful of students. Actually let me read the first one then I come back to that no line of men your training is of more value than agriculture a greater effort should be made to create and encourage an interest in agriculture pursuits so found your cow to be the way we work is we what were true we're moving towards and we have been doing this year. Is divvying up the their work assignments based on a two month rotation so if you're in a department we try to keep them in there as far as possible for two months and that will give them the most kids since in C. with that department they learn the ins in the out of of the task involve because if you have a student in the farm for a week and then they move on to the cafeteria they haven't really learned to anything so we're trying to keep them as long as possible without making them upset in one any given department. And then they can really learn that area. So the students that were with me last last term that ended just before Christmas break. They came to me just in the last week or so and they're just begging me day after day can you please ask if I can be back on the farm can i please be back on the farm I want to be on the farm. Prison Yeah like that's that's exactly what we want to create our young people right we want them to love the farm we want them to not despise custodial work or hate it to to to bear the responsibility when they're clean and for it over really want them to enjoy being in nature and to enjoy weeding enjoy planting enjoy cultivation and. And the things that come along with that so that's what I have that's a little bit about the just a quick overview of what the farm is doing and the I will say that from my from what I hear of other academies I say fountain view is probably one of the most supportive of the agriculture programs that I know. I'm not saying that it's one hundred percent there I'm not saying that there is not friction between departments and friction between the firemen and the school I'm not saying that I'm just saying that there as a general rule of thumb the the the board actually the board is the driving force and the board is actually one of the see the farm do more of see the see the students more and more involved in agriculture. Increase in the industry they're the ones pushing for the increase industry the onsite staff too as well there's For the most part pretty people are pretty supportive of it obviously when you when you encroach upon other people's territory they. It's hard. But for the most part from what I hear from other Cademy I'm like OK I can't complain has found you found years in a good position and the people there that the leaders of Fountain View really see a benefit of Agriculture. So. That's a good that's a good question so the thank you so the question is how much of the revenue or the gross gross revenue from the school goes back into the farm how much goes into the schools are correct yeah how much most of them haven't shows a school. Operating expenses yet so the way found you operates is Fountain View we it's out of you does all the accounting the farm does none of the accounting work so when we when we make a sale we create an invoice and that goes to the accounting office in the county office also does the accounting for every single aspect of the of the academy so at the beginning of the year I create a budget that above a budget is either approved or denied or or changed and then re approved and then that is my budget for the year I praise the Lord I get to operate on a budget I know there was some talk earlier about the difficulties but yeah that's that's my budget in for the most part I get to operate within that budget and people don't really put up of put a fit but all the monies that all of the gross revenues from the farm those get go back into the school and then they give me my budget money so that makes sense so let's use fake numbers here and let's say revenue is five hundred thousand dollars all that five hundred thousand dollars going to go to go to the school and then in the beginning of the year I'm going to say OK I want to hundred seventy five thousand to operate the farm they give me a hundred twenty five thousand operate a farm I make sense. And that's for that's for direct inputs so they somehow in the Accounting Office my salaries don't even show up on my budget and that we don't we don't value we don't value on paper in the Accounting Office we don't value the student labor we were definitely mindful of it and we in we keep track of it but we don't actually exchange numbers in the Accounting Office for. You. Know so when a student comes to found the Academy they're expected to work three and half hours a day and the that that's part of the program that's a vocational education component they don't they don't get paid for that. They do get paid if they say the summer though and so the way the summer program works just just for those of you who are here out curious. A student so first and foremost those that need the Tuition Assistance those are encouraged to stay so we say OK you need you're struggling financially you stay if you're in you you should work this summer unless they say I will have a better job at home than whatever so we try to encourage people we did a little bit of recruiting last year and we said hey we'll actually because we the year before we were tight on labor we only had about eleven in the summer and that's really not enough to hand weed to any acres of carrots. And so we were tight and that's that's when I mention last night that's when we had to plough in seven acres so for the carrots but this year we recruited a little bit we actually up wage we said OK what can they make in the US a minimum wage average minimum wage talk minimum wage eleven dollars an hour OK that's where you make us what is that worth Canadian so we gave them that in equivalence of Canadian schemes a little more and then we say OK you free room board so I think that they ended up making equivalent in the package with the free room board it was upwards of eighteen dollars an hour as what they were getting but cash value I think it was right around fifteen fourteen dollars an hour. Yes. Thank you. So. So yeah we can we can and the reason we can is because. What. Oh. This is the course of the question was labor laws here in the US and how does that affect us in Canada so we are in school and on the school because we have a so I should have mentioned that with the summer work program we also have an agriculture program and our teachers science teacher so on and so forth different teachers they come together and they teach in agriculture class. So that is recognized OK The students are coming they're enrolled in that class so they are on the campus of the school they're going to and that and that the government the rules say that they are allowed to work on the campus that they're enrolled in so they couldn't go to they couldn't go to the local town and work they can do that but yeah they can work actually in D.C. You can work at age fourteen at age thirteen you can work with parental permission so written to a mission so it's it's definitely it's nice. I think it's just under sixty thousand. OK Can I answer one question about the cafeteria Let's take your last question there will be done you know what was your question again about the cafeteria the. OK so how do we convince the cook that they should be using the produce the. So. Also you only have warm up stuff you can't you don't have a place I don't know yeah. For the sake of our next week or like to defer that when you come back at four o'clock Yes OK So sitting in the room we have a shaft that runs the food industry in Portland had been sick out to me in the Portland Oregon conference so I was asking we need to be here together this is a really important question because once kids start to eat the food that they grew you start to connect the links in people's minds really really good question. Thank you for letting me grow I hate to be rude in a situation like this Mario again is from here it's Academy in Tennessee for others you said yes and you put the sun here. Are trying to read you the program there you have signs or yes you know we got a site. Well now it's our turn I got I got a crew with me so I'm what I'm going to do is I'm going to hand it over to Rob Rob and then he's going to give you kind of like an introduction and then we'll see if we get the slides going in there was going to show you what we're doing out here just kind of. All right well while she's getting the slides up there goes over this way I want to tell you a little about here to catch me and what we're doing so how many of you have heard of here is academy. OK So as maybe some of you know some of you don't here's counties located in Monterey Tennessee. And we have about around fifty students a little less than fifty students right now and here's Academy the past has had somewhat of an agriculture program it's not necessarily what I would like to see but we've had something that's been going on so it's been good as a start there's about I would say forty acres that are cultivated he summer and there's four green houses and the only problem with the greenhouses is they're only use in the summer they were being used in the fall of the spring in the winter except for one OK so three of them were not being used in the fall this spring in the winter only in the summer so last year Mario and I and another team member that's not here went to Agra and Florida can't block and we were really inspired we saw all the things are going on to different schools and different things are people talking about and we're really inspired starts going on our school so we went back after that and we came up with a plan and we presented this plan that we had to our the rest assessment of the school they presented to the board and it was approved praise god like they were everyone was on board it was really awesome and so to not just take over the program that's been happening but kind of add to our agriculture program so I think it was a plan we took for students so one from each grade and these are the students here will introduce them a bit later and they are our Master Gardeners so they work in the garden as their vocational time so it's kind of similar to fondue three and half hours a day they work in the garden so we've got these two guys over here that work in the morning and these two work in the afternoon and so they work in the garden that is their job and then we have the rest of the school although it's other students they come an hour a week and work in the garden as well as a class so right now what we're doing when we started is we have two of those four greenhouses that we've been growing in we started growing in about September so when we started it kind of was slow. Getting started but we've been doing a lot of stuff and God is really blessed so we're going to show you kind of what and talk about what has been happening what we've been doing and we want the students to share with what they've been doing OK We don't you just hear from us and stuff we want you to hear so we'll start with Andrew entering and you still talk about Well my name's anger and I am the senior master gardener at Heritage Academy and so this is kind of how our journey began in the greenhouse we at first we had a bunch of tomato plants and other plants already that were grown in there from previous crops so we had to do was we had to harvest all the rest of the tomatoes we don't want to waste anything so we harvested all the rest of the tomatoes that were left in there and we cleared out little by little all of the tomato plants because we wanted to start with a clean slate and all of those were in the way so we pulled all the tomato plants and all the other plants over there and we. Had to clear out a little area just basically everything going to get rid of everything in the greenhouse so we can start out with a clean slate and have. A plain Starling our other crops that we're going to start planting in there so this is kind of like what it looked like before and then what it started to look like after we're done. Yeah so the last previous slide it was like you know the tomato things and the funny thing was not funny but it's kind of funny is that it was infested with calculators and like all these other bugs and. I work with a couple guys in my shift and there's one guy to hate bikes any bikes and it's hilarious because there's calculators everywhere and so we'll take one and we'll say Godfrey turn around so you turn around and we throw it at him and you really only scream and run out of the greenhouse and so it was kind of funny even those nasty we trying to see which guy can hold the most calculators and his arms and we wanted to see how much pressure it can hold without it busting Yeah we killed a lot. So even those nasty you know it's hard work but we try to have fun at the same time and so it's really fun even though we hate it at times but as the years going on you know we all love it and so it's been really cool I'm very privileged to be part of this master darn thing and I'm really happy about it. Oh yes my name is can notice and I'm a master gardener and junior. So not only did we have two greenhouses in the beginning but we also wanted to experiment working outside and so there was already a large field that was being used but we were able to get a section of this feel you can see a small section there that we were able to get and this field was in terrible condition whenever it rained the water would cut directly through the field there was always a big huge washout there and it was where and muddy and so we had to fix that and if you noticed in the picture especially the left hand picture on the left side we put in a swale so that it would redirect the water out of that field so we could actually use that field and get it into something more profitable and this is after we just ran through it with the tractor once before that it was just not being used really and so we ran through with the tractor once and began to clear that field so that we could put in some outdoor crops as well and see you know what kind of crops that were well outside and he's also the ones inside the greenhouse and you'll see and later pictures how this began to develop and how we prepared this as well and so Mason will tell us a little bit how we prepared this field. Occurs and Mason the software master gardener and so when you come here so. OK So when you came through so it got broke through the tractor once you know under Well it was still hard underneath and so we had to take a broad fork you know a broad fork and we'd go and we went and brought forth a few was reported times and so that took a long time in the hard soil because it was dry and we would break it over and then make the rows and then we dig ditches on site and then held down pathways and so then you know we could Wall. And it would not. We're putting carrots and the far back left side and we put it terrace in like two rows and. We put kale you know we had a lot of carrots. You know. Two twelve. In the front rows like kale and like these weird little white carrot looking things I don't know what they're called. Little but they're really weird tasting and kind of nasty. And. So that's as as you can see the photo on the right that's where we were put in did the admin mix and we had working along with John Di singer he came over and he wants to help. Our school be a pilot school to share with other schools of what we're doing and how we're doing stuff so we went and got a soil sample we went to see what we were short of we added it we constructed the rows and then we did the same thing in the greenhouse. And then we started. Doing soil blocks I think that's on the next creature so that's that's pretty much what it looks like on the left hand picture nice and clean slate to start with and then up on the top we started we saw the blocks and that was a lot of work. But it was fun it was fun so we started everything by seed. Either by sort of luck or direct planting with the Cedar. The carrots a little carrot professional. So her experience of how she acted this year you know I've got blamed if there's something that looks not quite straight I get blamed for it and I planted all the carrots. And we have this little machine I forgot to put a picture in here but it's a type of cedar that we use to make semi straight rows except when I'm the first person using it and it kind of goes a little wobbly at first but hey we it worked and it really helped us with the process of seeing the carrots not only did we use it for carrots we used it for other things like radishes and other small seeds in the greenhouse and also outside in the field just to speed up the process and make it more efficient so you didn't have to go in and measure everything and put it in by hand trying to make sure it got straight but with the cedar we used it was a lot more efficient and we were able to accomplish a lot more. So yeah good bang for the carrots of their messed up. I saw as as every project that you start you know it looks kind of questionable when you start off but then you know you pray always obviously always pray over your your plan thousands your seeds everything you do before we start do anything we pray. That's one of the main things that please just emphasize I just pray pray and pray that the voter bless it is not just us doing it but that's it's him doing it to us. If you want to the next slide and see hopefully it looks better than that then you go see look it does not look pretty but that looks a lot better a little bit of than it was so as as as we. Constructed the rows there in thirty inch rows but if you guys looked at or heard in the other seminars some people have twelve inch walkway seventeen inch walkways will we have seven inch walkways so we because we wanted to make as much as we can plant as much as we can in those greenhouses and the main purpose was to provide salad for our salad bar for our cafeteria that was our our proposal that was our goal. This winter because it was just winter salad and I think I think we did a good job and. And now now that the winter's hopefully over but I see the sun house I said when is warm. And now we go into the next we go into spring see what Aussie Rules are going to go and so this is this is our experimental Winter Garden and we're trying to revamp to so that all the kids are involved. I didn't mention before but I also teach the freshman gardening class so we will. I'll go ahead in. The freshman how to have a personal garden but then also they also learn when they're in the agricultural program with this wood and he goes more slides and you know it looks beautiful doesn't it and. He keeps showing some more so we can see so the sides if you have to have the kids I think that's what they were doing with the Swiss chard I think it is and the kale called. And spin is on the left hand side sorry so yeah I mean our goal this winter was just to provide salad for a salad bar but as you can see we've been the Lord blessed it and we kind of looked at a year two years and three years down the line and our goal three years was to sell but it's happening now. Which it's not us is it's God he's he's he's producing the plants making everything go well and I mean this surpassed what we expected you know he always makes more happen for us. Sure one thing I want to say about the students is sometimes it's just like a few people or a few of the students that get to be in the garden but we what we envisioned it as being the whole school being able to get in the garden every class member being able to get in the garden and that was our plan and so we're excited that this was able to happen that each class was able to have time in the garden as a class so they're not only there but they're working together you know building relationships together as a class and you know bonding and also learning the spiritual lessons from the garden and as well so I just really I felt that was really exciting because in different schools I went to a school that didn't have total student involvement and I just I saw the need for more of that and so that was really exciting we were able to do this as well and you guys can speak for it as well I think they enjoy it out in the garden as a class right. Most of the time so our fruits of our labors the law really buys you can see things really just took off from what it looked like in the beginning you know if you saw the beginning slides was like a jungle and there all the tomatoes growing up everywhere and the largest really blessing that it was able to transform this and something that was more organized and also that produced above and beyond what we expected like it really to grow above and beyond what we expected and were just really blessed and all this you see the good the greens there the lettuce the turnips the radishes I mean it's just beautiful. And that's what that's inside the Green House most human we had that field outside. The Lord blessed and it just turned into something amazing we had rows of turn ups rows of radishes we had the strawberries that we transplanted out there that are growing we had outside kale that was a more Hardy or winter version kale that's growing out there too we did Mizuno different cut that was a type of solid green and you know just experimenting with various things seeing how they work how they produce and again you can see what happened the Lord turned our efforts and we say we do addition but the Lord does multiplication. So it wasn't all super easy to get it all done just like instantly it took like a lot of days on hard work and it was worse is though in the end we when we looked at all of it but when we went through a few trials first we had some pests and they were eating our food and everything and we didn't really know how to take care of it first but then we learned it was all learning experience for us of what we are supposed to do and so we learned how we have to take care of like a fit so I get all over our plants and also it was really rainy season so we had to learn how to dig these trenches are kind of like trenches and ditches to make the water not flow all over a garden and flood it all in and just go off the side and pass our garden so we wouldn't lose everything so but it was all a really good learning experience and I enjoyed it a lot so. Far as you can see here with that rain we did just have fun in the garden we had fun behind the garden we had a little mud pit and yeah that was that was a fun day we didn't get a whole lot of work done but hey people love this so we got the students excited so they could have go back to tell their friends don't have so much more than fun in the garden so it was pretty cool. So you could see some of things that we did we found on the left you can see we found it actually it's a three. I don't know which cost three Bay a stainless steel sink that was actually in one of the basements of the houses at the school so we had to buy that so we brought that and we put in our greenhouses you see the middle picture we set up an irrigation system we actually hooked up to another well that wasn't being used at on the campus so separate from our drinking water so we have a well specifically just for the greenhouses in the garden space outside so we put in all that irrigation so we can keep our plants watered wealth and you can see our tables are kind of makeshift but they worked we went and collected a bunch of pallets in the town. Had a bunch of A I cut firewood a school as well so I had some pulls out is cut up and we made the tables are not exactly straight and even a work for our transplants are seedlings and little slow blocks so those are some of things in the future you know we can start improving it and making better tables but you know what it works and God really blessed the efforts and the labor that we put in so it's pretty amazing to see how things are coming together how different they are getting donated with finding different things that we can use so even on a limited budget we were able to get a lot done that's pretty cool All right so this is the first time we started selling our products if you see the picture on the left this is a international food fair that we had at our school and we set up a booth with all the different produce that we had from the garden and it went off over really really well people were excited they were so excited to see the fresh greens and the students were excited they were proud of the stuff that the stuff that they had grown that they had you know wash they had taken care of and we did and we sold that was the first day we sold and we sold I don't know several hundred dollars worth of produce which is a good start because like Mario said that wasn't in our plan until three years down the road so this is way we're way ahead of the plant we had so we're providing everything we needed for the salad bar and for the cafeteria and we had about Yasser started selling it and after the food fair we started to the people there were ordering weekly on a weekly basis and now we have around I would say four five to order every week and maybe ten that order maybe once or twice a month so it's growing and it's a start it was it we're ahead of what we expected and God is really blessing. And unfortunately I'll share with you we're still learning and we don't know everything and right during Christmas break right at the end of December we had some really cold weather in Tennessee and we had row covers over summer stuff but we only had single layers over some and some didn't have any real colors inside our greenhouses so when the cold weather came through unfortunately lost all of our Let us and we lost. Our Chinese cabbage we lost our box oil we lost a few other things and so we learnt learn a few things but at first we thought we had lost everything but praise the Lord our Spanish was fine which is make sense of our specialist Kayla Swiss chard came back and some of our other greens are radishes our carrots are still fine so we still have some things but we're still learning we haven't figured everything out we've got is really really. Blessed We just started growing actually started preparing the ground in September and this is what you see is what happened this is how God is blessed and so we're excited to see what's going to happen the future we don't know we want to keep growing want to keep expanding want to keep learning and it's been an awesome experience for me as a staff member working the school the learning along with the students so not only are we teaching them what we know but we're learning with them and I think that's a really really awesome I think it's really powerful and then they have the opportunity to go and teach their classmates so that not only learning what they're teaching their classmates and their classmates coming to guard and so I think is just high so awesome I really really glad to be part of this program for sure. I don't like her and. The question is why I like gardening Well I've always grew up my parents having a garden every single year and I didn't like it when I was growing up but I don't know something about you know food is you know I really like eating and I like eating healthfully and it's hard to find healthy food so that's how it got me started and growing my own healthy food and I actually I found that I love it and so that's why I have a passion about gardening is because I know a lot of the students they don't like you first off OK these guys probably tell you even the master gardeners sometimes they don't like it and sometimes it's hard but. Once you I mean you can come to love it that's what's happened to me I used to hate it weeding in the garden that was the worst thing ever but I've come to love it now and so I want to share that with the students they may not go into the field agriculture that's their career or something but they can learn to experience the joys of agriculture and to have a home garden or you know a patio garden or something like that and they can experience the joys of growing things you know the blessing of seeing things grow you know the way God blesses so I think that's yes. It's. OK So the question was when we take the produce up to the cafeteria do the students eat it and the students just all said that yes they eat it they love it and it's crazy we have these salad bowls that would look you would think they would be a bowl of be big enough for a family I mean they're like this this deep and a mixing bowl and they'll fill that thing with the salad from the garden and there's not just once two that does it maybe ten twelve fifteen students that will do that just about every student at least get a small salad and so they are excited about it and they've they in the past we don't want the stuff in the garden and it's got worms it's got dirt it's got bugs it looks nasty but we have that sink in the garden so we make sure we get it really clean before we take it up there so they don't see that stuff in the salad bar they see it in the garden they don't see it in the salad bar and it's really helped they they love it and they're really enjoying eating itself it's has really awesome. So. It's. OK So the question arose again about the child labor laws and how long they work a day so yes they are required to work three and a half hours a day that's part of their. Education experience and so the tuition is cheaper as kind of factored in with the work that they put in but yes there are some issues with if we just had them working there would be issues of the child labor law but we have we're just starting a new program they're implementing and actually turning it more from work to vocational education so we have a vocational ethics class and we teach them about the different ethics that are involved with working and we have them rotating through different jobs throughout the year so it's more of a vocational education program than just a work program and so that's how it can comply with the child labor laws who is just a work program it would it wouldn't work we would be in trouble but we start we use it more as an educational experience and it works out yes. Our greenhouses are not heated in any way. They are not. They are not or started with what we had. Yes. OK We used a name oil extract what else are your question was the question was What do we do for eight his and the other pest so for the A foods we OK we just gave him a really good watering and then we use the Neem Oil extracts for a I believe it's what we used and that took care of pretty well and then we took some of the really the plants that are really bad they're really attacked we just took those out got rid of him and sent him to the goats and chickens so that the question. Yes. Yeah. Sure. OK So yes so the question was What do the Master Gardeners do when the other classmates come like how do they supervise it and the answer is yes they do they get to lead out and because they've learned they understand what we're doing and so they can guide and help guide and instruct their classmates and what means we don't know how to do it and so that's really cool I think I can do it right. So the question is Is there any friction or any problems with over with having some students I guess being over supervising other students and I haven't really seen that they respect it and they listen pretty well to out what their friends and their I guess is or supervisors or classmates are sharing with them and so it's worked pretty well yes. Well the question is how do we get them to that point as because they're working along with us from the beginning so they are learning and we as we're going through what the things that we're doing we're telling them and teaching them why we're doing it you know how to do it and when we make a mistake we say take them out there and look what happened what we do you know and we work through it with them so they're sent learning everything that we're learning and so they're working along with us. And so yeah they're learning they're learning as they go I think the question was more eyes how did we get them as Master Gardeners So what we did at the beginning of the year we would ask the students if you're interested in being. A master gardeners are a master gardener signed up so we would go interview them we would talk to them what is your passion would you like to do if is if is just to get out of class you know that that is not going to happen is you have to have a passion for it so that's that's one way that's what we did in the beginning of the year and that's how we have four one from each grade level. Yes. So the question is what is what it would do that how long do the Master Gardener stay with the Master going to program so they are state they are with us the whole year you know one year commitment yes that's what it is so that they do not change out their master who's there with this life for example like all the other vocational programs they do change half a semester or for the semester and but there's a couple that don't so these they stay with us the whole year in the other questions yes yes. Yes. Yes yes. This is the type of that just that we as a school came up with yes on a little bit if needed and we could probably go to the county and see what the requirements are in I'm sure it's going to be pretty much the same and this and this to take classes aside. Yes Yes Yes And the same as it would be good for the whole year because every season you plan something different and they will get more experience yes that is great the other questions this is the first year that we did the Master Gardeners Yes they could be if they do not graduate and. Oh no no. No no we all well I'm sure there might be an opportunity by that also because there are the new vocational poem that the new group vocational problem that we have you move up by levels so if they move up they can actually become kind of like my assistant or our assistant and they can be even their more even involved more at that's sounds right. I mean if the light. Is. We did not we did not that was a part of our proposal to the board to the school board but you know it. How we put it together we have done. Great. Work. No no we presented it so then we give them the proposal but we didn't bring it along with us yeah but it's all laid out is that is it was OK. So. I so the question was do do we have the proposal that we present to the board I'm sure we can get it to you if you really want to yes. So if you know then that and if you think throughout the day any other questions come up write them down we'll probably hear from I think it's from four to five four to five will go on the Round Table and we'll go through when I talk AT talk to would have questioned the guest. Yeah. Oh. Right so the same it was for the individual to master Gunners that are involved this year are they going to be able to be master gunners next year there will be an opportunity but then also we do want to train new students or new master gardeners every year so that they can take it home and do it at home or if not come back after they graduate and do it as MINISTER Yes You know yes and as a. Yes. You know this this is just the stuff that came with us today there's actually for the others there's one more staff and there's. An actually teachers teachers come up teachers come on down when they have a free period there or when they have a free hour the come on down and help with the SU So it's so it's so it's not it's not just us there all the time is we have more stuff coming in but I'm sure that what it's going for is going to close and pray and then we're going to somebody they have the fall they want to thank you for today I want to thank you for the sunshine father we ask that you be with each individual here not in just just not just this room but on this whole campus that you touch their heart they touch their their their interest and that you have them do something that their passion about Father we thank you for helping us. Revamp the agriculture program here at Heritage father and we think you know advancer what you're going to be doing for we we thank you for getting us here safely. For getting everybody else here safely for we we love you and now that as we depart that you. 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