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Farm provides 'living laboratory' at Medina school
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Farm provides 'living laboratory' at Medina school

DISTRICT USES $25K GRANT TO BUILD BARN, PASTURE

By Tom Rivers, Editor - Orleans Hub www.orleanshub.com

MEDINA – If you drive down Mustang Drive to Medina High School, you may do a double-take. New this school year is a small barn and fenced-in pasture. There are llamas, sheep, a goat and a calf out munching on grass.

Students in boots are doing farm chores, hauling feed and water.

Welcome to the district’s agriculture program, which is taking students out of the classroom for more direct hands-on learning.

Monsanto approved a $25,000 grant for Medina to bolster its agriculture program. The grant paid for a small barn, a fence around the 1-acre pasture, security cameras, and a hydroponic system that will produce about 80 pounds of a feed a day.

“It’s fun to come out here and learn about it,” said Justice Snook, a freshman.

In previous years, the 100 students in the agriculture classes were confined to the classroom, listening to PowerPoint presentations by teacher Todd Eick. Rather than showing the students pictures of different types of feed, the students can feel the different textures and feed the animals themselves.

This year students in Intro to Ag, Vet Science, Agriculture Engineering and Technology, and Environmental Applications will all have experience getting outside and working with the animals.

Read the entire story about Medina’s hand’s-on FFA program in the Orleans Hub: http://www.orleanshub.com/news2014/Farm-comes-year-round-to-Medina-school.htm

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