This semester, the Paoli Agriculture Department is preparing to get their greenhouse operational and ready for use.
The greenhouse hasn’t been used with traditional soil crops since agriculture teacher Kyle Woolston was hired because the pig program was housed there. The pigs are now in the barn so classes are hoping to get the greenhouse running again. Woolston’s plant and soil science class will be learning practical horticulture methods, which is the study of plants and their process of growing, with help from the greenhouse.
“We realize the vision of where we want to get to, will not be reached in the short term, but are dedicated to the long term work that is associated with returning the greenhouse structure to the level of laboratory experiences that will compliment the course work in the agriculture department,” said Woolston.
Woolston’s plant and soil class is currently researching crops used in salad to get an idea of what they would like to grow in the greenhouse. As of now, they are planning to grow flower crops, tomato and pepper starts. The class is also working on building a new system to grow their crops in.
The agriculture department is excited to breathe new life into the greenhouse.
Story by Elizabeth Workman