PLEASANT HILL, Ore. -- Pleasant Hill High School is ramping up their agriculture program to give students more resources to grow their skills.
The program recently received a $2,000 check from Northwest Farm Credit Services to go toward a new 50-foot-by-60-foot greenhouse.
When it’s completed, it will be open to all students in the district, kindergarten through 12th grades, and allow them to participate in growing different things from food to landscaping.
“It gives the students opportunities to manage greenhouses, to be able to manage projects, to be able to conduct research and experiment with these plants, as well as it gives the students the opportunity to build this sort of feeling of self-sufficiency,” CTE spokesperson Angel White said.
They’ve been fundraising for the past couple of years but are still about $65,000 short to complete the $250,000 project. However, local businesses and the Pleasant Hill Education Foundation are helping out.
Students are looking forward to the new greenhouse.
"It would offer the opportunity to develop new processes so we can try different things in the greenhouse," junior Aiden Linden said. "And there will be a lot more control, whereas outdoors we can't do as much with them. And it allows robotics and metal shop and woodshop to join in with us and collaborate with all the different catagories."
The greenhouse project is expected to be done by next year.
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