Daleville High School students are reinforcing what they learn in the classroom and helping the agriculture department by growing and selling plants.
According to Horticulture teacher Franky Jackson, letting the students grow the plants allows them to understand what they learn in the classroom.
“We talk about things in the classroom, but then we get out here and see it take place before our eyes,” he said. “They can actually see a seed turn into a plant and understand that this seed turns into a plant that’s going to create the tomato, the flower, whatever comes from the seed. It just gives the the chance to handle to plants.”
He said the the students transplant the plants from seed flats to other containers following germination and growth.
“We talk about germination,” he said. “They actually get to see the process. We talk about all these different things, and they get to see the plants come alive in front of them.”
He said this hand-on portion of class helps reinforce what the students learn in the classroom.
“When you get hands on and you get to see these things happen in front of you, yeah, it helps solidify or put in concrete evidence, ‘Hey, I remember what he said,’” Jackson said.
“I show them, and I back off. I just watch to see that it’s done like it needs to be done.”
He said the students keep a production record of the days the seeds are planted, the plants are transferred and more.
“It’s another way to see the plant went from here to here to here,” he said. “They get to see the progress of that plant from a seed to a (bigger) plant.”
Peanut LAST NAME grew sweet peppers for sale.
“I didn’t want to grow a flower or a fern, and I like vegetables and fruits,” he said. “So, I chose a sweet pepper.”
He said watching the plants grow “is like a journey.”
“It’s great to see it when you first planted it from a seed to where it is right now,” he said.
Aneena Reynolds grew Zinnia flowers to sell to interested people.
“I know I don’t have a food, but it makes you realize that our food doesn’t just come from anywhere,” she said. “It actually takes a process of (growing) it.”
She encouraged the community to support DHS and its students by purchasing some plants grown by students.
“We’ve worked really hard to keep our plants healthy, and it would just be nice to have the community come and support what we’ve been doing,” she said.
Jackson said he hopes to see the plant sale grow, with all the money from the sale going back into the Ag department to purchase supplies.
Six packs of plants can be purchased for $2.50, single tomato plants are 75 cents each and fox tail ferns are $3.
To purchase a plant, contact Scott Yelverton at (334) 598-4461 ext. 2227.