Green is Growing at Oak Hill Middle School
In January, the Oak Hill Middle School FFA Chapter and Biotech Class began preparing for their spring and summer garden beds. Students started by seeding plants in the greenhouse and planted in the raised garden beds at the end of January. The raised garden beds included the following plants: kale, lettuce (5 types), onions, carrots, radishes, collard greens, cabbage, broccoli, strawberries and one pollinator bed. In March the students prepared a drip-irrigation garden. The drip-irrigation uses a 12PSI unit to pressurize the drip tape that is placed on top of the beds and drips water into the ground every 12 inches apart. Drip-irrigation garden is a small representation of what vegetable farmers use in their fields. Drip-irrigation is a cost efficient and environmentally sound practice of growing crops because there is less water usage and evapotranspiration. The drip-irrigation garden includes the following plants: tomatoes, squash, zucchini, bell pepper, ford hooks, blue lake green beans, okra and black-eyed peas. Upcoming projects include watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkins patches, herb garden, and potato containers. The FFA/Biotech classes are hoping to sell their produce to the public to help fund their chapter and continue growing healthy food.