Greenhouse program goes national
Tammy Wilkins was all smiles Friday night after Bart Morrison, left, and Patrick O’Brien made contributions towards her trip to a national conference.
Northumberland High School’s greenhouse program will get national exposure in July – providing the program’s coordinator, Tammy Wilkins, can raise the money needed to travel to Denver, Colo.
Wilkins who coordinates the high school’s PAES program for special need students came to the Northumberland Political Caucus’ meeting Friday night to ask its members’ help. She said she and her students had started the greenhouse several years ago when the school’s FFA program ended. Garner’s Produce worked closely with Wilkins to get the operation which plants seeds and nurtures the plants until they are old enough for sale and transplanting going, Wilkins said.
Wilkins recalled that she had attended the University of Maryland last summer and completed a survey on ways to make students aware of agriculture. After she had submitted her survey, which described the program at the high school she was selected to make a presentation on “Operating a Greenhouse” at the 2013 National Children and Youth Garden Symposium in Denver.
Wilkins noted that at the symposium, she will not simply tell what she and her students have done but she will learn techniques from other presentations that can be applied in developing projects that are effective in teaching students with special needs.
Wilkins said she is asking for help with the trip’s expenses because the school system’s budget has no money allocated for such travel.
Those at the Friday meeting responded with donations. Others wishing to make donations may send them to Tammy Wilkins, Northumberland High School, 201 Academic Lane, Heathsville, Va. 22473. Wilkins said that if she receives more than needed for the trip, the extra money will be used in the greenhouse program. The deadline for Wilkins to register for the symposium is April 1.
The greenhouse will open for the spring season April 13. For the first time it will have the pavilion built for it by Adam Parker as his Eagle Scout project available for use in its operations.